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DEUTSCH-GEORGISCHES JAHR 2017 - GERMAN-GEORGIAN YEAR 2017
კულტურისა და ძეგლთა დაცვის სამინისტრო აცხადებს კონკურსს 2017 წელს გერმანია-საქართველოს წლის ფარგლებში გერმანიაში განსახორციელებელ პროექტებზე. 
I.   გერმანია და საქართველო 2017 წელს ერთად აღნიშნავენ მათი ურთიერთობების მნიშვნელოვან თარიღებს სლოგანით - „მომავლის მემკვიდრეობა - გერმანია-საქართველოს წელი 2017“ (Zukunft erben. Deutsch-Georgisches Jahr 2017). ...
Deutsch-Georgisches Jahr 2017 - tiflis.diplo.de, 26.11.2016
Ausschreibung: Förderung von kleineren Projekten (bis maximal 8.000,- Euro) im Rahmen des Deutsch-Georgischen Jahres durch die Deutsche Botschaft Tiflis
Unter dem Motto „მომავლის მემკვიდრეობა/Zukunft erben. Deutsch-Georgisches Jahr 2017“ feiern Deutschland und Georgien im Jahr 2017 gemeinsam wichtige Meilensteine in ihren Beziehungen: Die Ankunft der ersten deutschen Siedler in Georgien vor dann 200 Jahren (1817) und den 25. Jahrestag der Aufnahme diplomatischer Beziehungen zwischen der Bundesrepublik Deutschland und Georgien.
Um eine möglichst große Bandbreite an Akteuren in die Gestaltung des Deutsch-Georgischen Jahres einzubeziehen, schreibt die Deutsche Botschaft Tiflis die Förderung von kleineren Projekten mit einem Umfang von bis zu 8.000,00 EUR je Projekt aus. Interessierte Personen/Organisationen sind aufgefordert, der Botschaft bis zum 16.12.2016 eine maximal drei Seiten umfassende Skizze ihrer Projektidee(n) in deutscher oder englischer Sprache einzureichen.
Weitere Informationenzum Deutsch-Georgischen Jahr und den Kriterien der Ausschreibung sowie die zu verwendenden Formulare für die Projektskizzen finden Sie 
unten. Ausgefüllte Projektskizzen senden Sie bitte an ku-s[at]tifl.diplo.de.
Ausschreibung: Förderung von kleineren Projekten im Rahmen des Deutsch-Georgischen Jahres durch die Deutsche Botschaft Tiflis [pdf, 273.49k]
Formular: Projektskizze Deutsch [msword, 99.73k]
Form: Project Outline English [msword, 102.2k]

Die Teilnehmenden des Vorbereitungstreffens mit Außenminister Steinmeier und der georgischen Außenministerin Beruchashvili in Berlin © Botschaft von Georgien
Am 6. Mai 2015 trafen sich im Auswärtigen Amt in Berlin Kultur- und Bildungsschaffende zu einem ersten Vorbereitungstreffen für das deutsch-georgische Freundschaftsjahr 2017. Maja Avramovska, Regionalreferentin für den Kaukasus bei DVV International, war als Vertreterin der Zivilgesellschaft zu dem Treffen eingeladen.
2017 ist ein wichtiges Jahr für die deutsch-georgischen Beziehungen. Es markiert zum einen den Beginn der diplomatischen Beziehungen zwischen den beiden Ländern vor 25 Jahren. Deutschland war das erste Land der Europäischen Gemeinschaft, das Georgien nach der Unabhängigkeit im März 1992 anerkannte und diplomatische Beziehungen aufnahm. Zum anderen jährt sich 2017 das Eintreffen der ersten schwäbischen Einwanderer in Georgien zum 200. Mal. Aufgrund einer Hungersnot machten sich 1817 über 1000 Familien auf den weiten Weg Richtung Osten, um sich im Kaukasus eine neue Existenz aufzubauen.
Während des Treffens wurden erste Ideen und Initiativen für das Programm im Rahmen des Freundschaftsjahres 2017 vorgestellt und besprochen. Die Ergebnisse wurden anschließend Außenminister Frank-Walter Steinmeier und der georgischen Außenministerin Tamar Beruchashvili vorgestellt. Weitere Treffen zur Vorbereitung der Aktivitäten werden in den nächsten Monaten folgen.
DVV International arbeitet seit 2002 in Georgien mit zivilgesellschaftlichen und staatlichen Organisationen im Bereich der Erwachsenenbildung sowie der Geschichtsaufarbeitung und Versöhnung zusammen. Das Institut  berät das georgische Bildungsministerium und hat die  Gründung von bislang neun georgischen Volkshochschulen unterstützt. Gemeinsam mit dem Goethe Institut verleiht das Regionalbüro von DVV International in Tiflis seit 2011 den ersten deutsch-georgischen Kulturpreis, den „Giwi Margwelaschwili Preis“ für besondere Verdienste um die deutsch-georgischen Kulturbeziehungen.

The Central Election Commission (CEC) summarized on November 16 the final vote tally for the October 8 parliamentary elections that will enable the President to set the date of an inaugural session of the newly elected Parliament.
The President’s office told Civil.ge that President Margvelashvili, who plans to address the newly elected Parliament, has yet to make a decision on the date of an inaugural session.
According to final results of elections, out of 3,513,884 eligible voters, 1,825,054 cast ballot in the October elections.
With 48.68% of votes GDDG ruling party will have 44 seats under the proportional representation; UNM party, which garnered 27.11% of votes, will have 27 seats and an election bloc led by Alliance of Patriots, which garnered 5.01% of votes, will have 6 seats.
77 seats out of total 150 are allocated proportionally under the party-list contest among political parties and election blocs, which clear 5% threshold. 73 lawmakers are elected in 73 majoritarian, single-mandate constituencies.   
On top of 44 seats, which the ruling party took in the Parliament under the proportional representation, its candidates have won in majoritarian MP races in 71 single-mandate constituencies – as a result, the ruling party will have a 115 seat supermajority in the new Parliament.
The remaining two majoritarian MP seats in the Parliament will be occupied by independent candidate in Tbilisi’s Mtatsminda district backed by the ruling party and a candidate nominated by Industrialists party, who won in Khashuri single-mandate constituency.
The final vote tally involves the list of 150 elected lawmakers, among them PM Giorgi Kvirikashvili, number one on GDDG’s party list, who will be re-nominated by the ruling party as the head of government, and Sandra Roelofs, ex-first lady and number two on the UNM’s party list of candidates, who renounced her MP mandate.   
According to the existing legislation, the Parliament has first to endorse MP credentials of an elected lawmaker and then suspend a mandate through voting.
The opposition United National Movement (UNM) party has re-nominated Davit Bakradze, who was number one on the UNM’s party list, as leader of the parliamentary minority group.
Sergi Kapanadze, former deputy foreign minister, who was elected through the UNM’s party list in the October 8 parliamentary elections, will become the Parliament’s vice speaker.
The UNM faction will be chaired by Nika Melia, UNM’s chief of campaign and mayoral candidate in 2014 local elections in Tbilisi.
The UNM party, which will take 27 seats in the new Parliament, has decided to form the minority group, but it has yet to decide whether the party will set up more than one faction.
The ruling Georgian Dream – Democratic Georgia party, which will have a 115 seat supermajority in the new Parliament, has not made final decision on the number of factions.
The third party, Alliance of Patriots, will take six seats in the new Parliament and set up one faction.
It is unknown so far when President Margvelashvili will set the date of an inaugural session of the newly elected Parliament, which should be convened no later than November 19.
“The exact date will be known only after CEC releases final vote tally and the President issues a relevant legal act,” the President’s office said on November 16.
The Central Election Commission plans to approve final vote tally for the October 8 parliamentary elections at its session on November 16.

AFGHANISTAN - GEORGISCHE SOLDATEN SCHÜTZEN DEUTESCHE BOTSCHAFT
... Unterstützung aus Georgien: Der besondere Dank des Auswärtigen Amts gelte "den afghanischen Sicherheitskräften und den georgischen Einsatzkräften von 'Resolute Support', die mutig, professionell und ohne Zögern zu Hilfe geeilt sind und den Angriff erfolgreich zurückgeschlagen" hätten, erklärte der Ministeriumssprecher. ...
... Steinmeier bedankt sich bei Einsatzkräften: Steinmeier bedankte sich bei den deutschen, georgischen und lettischen Sondereinsatzkräften, den Bundeswehrsoldaten und der Bundespolizei sowie den afghanischen Sicherheitskräften, die mit ihrem Einsatz großen Mut bewiesen hätten. ...
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier spoke by phone with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili on November 11 and expressed gratitude for the courage of Georgian troops in repelling attack on the German Consulate General in the Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif.
Georgian soldiers, serving at German army`s Camp Marmal near Mazar-i-Sharif, along with German, Belgian and Latvian forces involved in the NATO Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, helped to repel the attack after a suicide bomber rammed a truck into the German consulate in Afghanistan, killing at least six civilians. All German staff from the consulate were unharmed.
“The Georgian Prime Minister noted that such facts further intensify already strong ties between the two countries,” the Georgian PM’s office said.
According to the same report, the sides also discussed the importance of duly finalization of visa liberalisation process with EU.
Georgia’s hopes for finalizing visa liberalisation process this summer have waned after last-minute objection from Germany. The relevant procedures are still underway.
The German Foreign Minister said that he would spare no efforts for solving this issue duly, according to PM’s office.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier congratulated PM Kvirikashvili on his party’s victory in the October parliamentary elections and pledged political support to the Georgian government.
“The sides also discussed the current situation in the region and the perspectives of future cooperation between the two counties,” according to the Georgian PM’s office.
The German Foreign Ministry expressed gratitude to Georgian forces from NATO’s Resolute Support Mission, who “courageously, professionally and immediately rushed to help and thwarted the attack” on the German Consulate-General in Mazar‑i‑Sharif.
The attack, which was carried out by the Taliban, was launched after a suicide bomber rammed a truck into a German consulate in Afghanistan, killing at least six civilians and wounding 120, according to foreign media reports.
In a statement released on November 11, the German Foreign Ministry noted that “the heavily armed assailants have been pushed back by Consulate-General security staff, Afghan security forces and special forces from the Resolute Support mission from Camp Marmal.”
“We are particularly grateful to the Afghan security forces and the Georgian forces from Resolute Support who courageously, professionally and immediately rushed to help and thwarted the attack,” the statement reads.
The Georgian troops serving in the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan, whose duties focus on security and rapid reaction force, are deployed in Kabul; at the Bagram Air Field, and Camp Marmal in Mazar-i-Sharif.

Q&A: UNM - sink or swim? - 07.11.2016, Civil.ge
The United National Movement (UNM) has been traversing the moment of difficult introspection in the past days, trying to chart its course following the overwhelming victory of the Georgian Dream (GD) in the parliamentary elections. UNM will remain the largest opposition group, but reduced to being a 27 person faction in the parliament led by GD supermajority they won`t have the chance to affect policy.
Some UNM backbenchers, linked to the party founder President Mikheil Saakashvili and commanding strong loyalty of the party grassroots, say the elections were stolen by GD. They want the UNM MPs to boycott the parliament and to call on its supporters to hit the streets.The majority of the party’s chief body, the Political Council as well as all of its future MPs back a more constructive path of admitting the defeat, entering the parliament and using the parliamentary platform for accenting potential abuses. They stand accused of groupthink and "cabinet rule", which threates severing the party from its mobilized grassroots.
Will UNM survive this crisis intact, or will it disintegrate and sink? We have asked long-term foreign observers of Georgia politics: Regis Gente, William Dunbar and Hans Gutbrod to share their views. ...

The ruling Georgian Dream – Democratic Party (GDDG) party nominated on November 6 candidates for the posts in the newly elected Parliament.
As expected, Irakli Kobakhidze, GDDG’s executive secretary, will be elected as the new parliamentary chairman.   
Tamar Chugoshvili, who was number four on GDDG’s party list of MP candidates, has been named as the first vice-speaker. Other vice-speakers from GDDG will be Gia Volski, Zviad Dzidziguri and Ilia Nakashidze.
Irakli Kobakhidze, 38, will be elected as new parliamentary chairman at the inaugural session of the newly elected Parliament to replace incumbent Speaker, Davit Usupashvili.  ...
Archil Talakvadze, former interior minister, has been named for the post of parliamentary majority leader. He was named by GDDG as its majoritarian MP candidate in Guria region’s Ozurgeti single-mandate constituency, where he won outright in the first round of the October 8 parliamentary elections.  
The Georgian Dream faction that will apparently be the largest parliamentary faction will be led by MP Mamuka Mdinaradze, who won outright in the first round of elections in Saburtalo district of Tbilisi. 
It is expected that additional factions will be set up in the new Parliament by GDDG’s majoritarian MPs. Six lawmakers are needed to form a faction.   
The United National Movement and Alliance of Patriots have yet to name their candidates for legislative positions.

PARLAMENTSWAHL AM  08.10.2016 - ERGEBNISSE UND REAKTIONEN
The United States welcomed “successful completion” of Georgia’s parliamentary elections, which affirmed the country “as a leader of democratic reform in the region,” the White House said in a statement released on October 31.
“We note that the OSCE election observation mission assessed both the October 8 elections and the October 30 run-offs as competitive and administered in a manner that respected the rights of candidates and voters. Political leaders from across the spectrum played an important role in urging all their supporters to show restraint during the electoral period so that Georgian voters could freely make their own decisions,” NSC Spokesperson Ned Price said. 
“We are concerned, however, about isolated incidents of violence and intimidation and urge accountability as well as a thorough and balanced investigation in accordance with the rule of law,” he said. 
“We now encourage political leaders from all parties to work together in pursuit of goals important to all Georgians, including democratic consolidation, security, and economic prosperity. We look forward to working with the new government and parliament to support Georgia’s democratic and economic development, sovereignty and territorial integrity, and its Euro-Atlantic aspirations,” the statement reads. 
The ruling Georgian Dream - Democratic Georgia (GDDG) party has won 115 seats in Georgia`s newly elected Parliament, which will allow it to change the Constitution. 
The ruling party took 44 out of total 77 seats in the proportional contest and 71 out of 73 seats allocated through the majoritarian system.
The opposition United National Movement (UNM) will take 27 seats and an election bloc led by the Alliance of Patriots will take 6 seats, both won these seats in the proportional contest. ...
The Central Election Commission (CEC) summarized on Sunday the proportional part of the October 8 parliamentary elections as well as the results of the first rounds of majoritarian MP elections, according to which three political parties will enter the new Parliament.
According to final results, with 48.68% of votes GDDG ruling party will have 44 seats under the proportional representation; UNM party, which garnered 27.11% of votes, will have 27 seats and an election bloc led by Alliance of Patriots, which garnered 5.01% of votes, will have 6 seats.
77 seats out of total 150 are allocated proportionally under the party-list contest among political parties and election blocs, which clear 5% threshold. 73 lawmakers are elected in 73 majoritarian, single-mandate constituencies.
  On top of 44 seats, which the ruling party took in the Parliament under the proportional representation, its candidates have won outright in majoritarian MP races in 23 single-mandate constituencies, where GD candidates cleared 50% threshold in the first rounds. 
Second rounds are set for October 30 to reveal the remaining 50 majoritarian MPs, including in Zugdidi and Marneuli single-mandate constituencies, where repeat elections on October 22 failed to reveal the winners. ...
The Central Election Commission (CEC) summarized on Sunday the proportional part of the October 8 parliamentary elections as well as the results of the first rounds of majoritarian MP elections, according to which three political parties will enter the new Parliament.
According to final results, with 48.68% of votes GDDG ruling party will have 44 seats under the proportional representation; UNM party, which garnered 27.11% of votes, will have 27 seats and an election bloc led by Alliance of Patriots, which garnered 5.01% of votes, will have 6 seats.
77 seats out of total 150 are allocated proportionally under the party-list contest among political parties and election blocs, which clear 5% threshold. 73 lawmakers are elected in 73 majoritarian, single-mandate constituencies.
On top of 44 seats, which the ruling party took in the Parliament under the proportional representation, its candidates have won outright in majoritarian MP races in 23 single-mandate constituencies, where GD candidates cleared 50% threshold in the first rounds. 
Second rounds are set for October 30 to reveal the remaining 50 majoritarian MPs, including in Zugdidi and Marneuli single-mandate constituencies, where repeat elections on October 22 failed to reveal the winners. ...
The U.S. embassy in Tbilisi said in a statement on Tuesday that the October 8 parliamentary elections were well-administered, which “largely respected fundamental freedoms.” ... “We also note that election day proceeded in an orderly manner but regret that tensions increased during the day and several violent incidents took place in polling stations.” “We strongly condemn these isolated cases of violence and intimidation, and urge a thorough and balanced investigation of all incidents that respects the rule of law.” ...
EU Statement on Georgia’s Parliamentary Elections - 09.10.2016, Civil.ge... “The European Union is committed to a stable, democratic and prosperous future of Georgia. Once the electoral process has been completed, we look forward to working with the democratically elected new Parliament and Government to deepen our political and economic relations based on the joint commitments of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement. It will be important that all representatives elected to the new Parliament work together in the interest of Georgia,” Mogherini and Hahn said. ...
“The calm and open campaign atmosphere was, however, impacted by allegations of unlawful campaigning and some incidents of violence. Election Day generally proceeded in an orderly manner, but tensions increased during the day and several violent altercations took place near and in polling stations. However, voting was assessed positively in almost all polling stations.”
“Any remaining shortcomings should be addressed based on OSCE/ODIHR recommendations,” Mogherini and Hahn said.
Parliamentary elections in Georgia on October 8 “were competitive, well-administered and fundamental freedoms were generally respected,” OSCE/ODIHR-led international election observation mission said in its preliminary conclusions on Sunday.
While opening and voting were assessed “positively” in almost all polling stations, the international observers said that the ballot counting process was “assessed markedly worse” with 31 percent of counts assessed as “bad or very bad.”
“The negative assessments of counting were related to PECs [precinct election commissions] not following procedures rather than deliberate falsification,” the international observation mission said.
In this regard, the preliminary report lists procedural violations ranging from failure by PECs members to invalidate unused ballots before counting and to pack unused and spoiled ballots properly to not properly cross-checking protocol data after counting.
“In half of the observations, unauthorized individuals participated in the count. Tensions or unrest in the vicinity of the polling station was observed in almost 13 per cent of cases. Persons attempting to disrupt or obstruct the process and intimidate PEC members was also observed in 5 per cent of cases,” reads the report.
The international observation mission noted that “security became an issue” towards the end of polling and during the vote count when violent altercations affected the process in four polling stations – precinct No.48 in Marneuli municipality, where opposition activists tried to storm the polling station; precinct No.90 in Kutaisi, where scuffle occurred outside the polling station, and precincts No. 108 and 79 in the village of Jikhashkari of the Zugdidi municipality, where these two polling stations were raided and polling materials destroyed.
“The assessment of tabulation was more positive. In 46 out of 58 DECs [district election commission] observed, the process was assessed as good or very good,” the international election observation mission said.
Along with long-term and short-term observers from OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), the mission also included short-term observers from the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE PA); the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE); the European Parliament and the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA).
OSCE/ODIHR long-term election observation mission has been monitoring campaign period in the lead up of the October 8 parliamentary vote since early September.
The mission said that the campaign was “competitive and largely calm, despite isolated violent incidents.”
“While fundamental freedoms were generally respected and contestants were able to campaign freely, several parties voiced allegations of political pressure on candidates and campaign staff,” the international observation mission said.
The mission said that the election administration and the management of voter lists “enjoyed confidence.”
It also said the media was “pluralistic”, but some broadcasters, monitored by the mission, “lacked balance in their campaign coverage.”
With almost all the votes counted, early official results of the proportional part of the October 8 parliamentary elections show ruling GDDG party winning 48.6% of votes.
UNM opposition party, which is contesting official results, has 27%, according to vote tally protocols from 3,680 out of 3,702 precincts.
An election bloc, led by Alliance of Patriots, hangs in balance as it hovers around 5% threshold, which is a required minimum for a party to enter the Parliament.
As the returns from the precincts were coming in, the Alliance of Patriots was slowly approaching the 5% threshold, reaching the mark briefly before again slipping just below the threshold to 4.99%.
These results do not include vote tallies from 22 precincts, which the Central Election Commission has yet to post on its website.
  The fourth-placed Free Democrats, led by Irakli Alasania, also falls short of the threshold with 4.59% of the votes.
Nino Burjanadze’s Democratic Movement has 3.55%, followed by State for People election bloc, led by opera singer Paata Burchuladze – 3.45%; Labor Party –  3.12%; Republican Party – 1.55%.
All the other 17 parties and election blocs, which were running in the elections, have slightly over 3% of the votes combined.
If these early results stand, it means that only two parties – GDDG and UNM – will share 77 seats between each other proportionally to their votes as no other party is clearing 5% threshold.
The remaining 73 seats in the Parliament were contested in 73 single-mandate constituencies.
According to preliminary results, race for majoritarian MP seats will go into second round in 51 single-mandate constituencies, where no candidate is garnering more than 50% of votes.
GDDG majoritarian MP candidates are winning outright in the first round in at least 22 single-mandate constituencies; GDDG had candidates in 72 out of total 73 districts. In most, but not all of the districts candidates from GDDG and UNM will be facing each other in the runoffs.

PARLAMENTSWAHL AM  08.10.2016 - BOMBENANSCHLAG GEGEN OPPOSITIONSPOLITIKER
UNM MP Survives Car Blast in Tbilisi Center - 04.102016, Civil.ge
A car, carrying lawmaker from opposition UNM party, Givi Targamadze, exploded late on Tuesday evening in the center of Tbilisi, close to Freedom Square.
MP Targamadze told journalist at the scene that he and his driver survived unharmed, but several by-passers were injured. Later it was reported that the driver has concussion.
Four people were hospitalized, with one of them reported to be heavily injured. 
Pictures from the scene showed substantial damage to the rear of the car as a result of powerful explosion.
MP Targamadze said he’s “confident” that a remote-controlled explosive device, apparently placed in the rear part of the vehicle, went off.
He said that at the time of the explosion, he was sitting in a front passenger seat, next to the driver.

PARLAMENTSWAHL AM  08.10.2016 - WAHLKAMPF UM DIE NÄCHSTE REGIERUNG IN GEORGIEN
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Paata Burchuladze, an operatic bass who leads a four-party election bloc State for People, has slammed billionaire ex-PM and founder of ruling GDDG party, Bidzina Ivanishvili, as a “liar” and accused him of trying to damage his reputation with a slander campaign.  
“We are under surveillance, we are eavesdropped, and businessmen, who support our party, are under pressure,” Burchuladze said at a press conference on September 19. 
“It is immoral when one infringes privacy… and disseminates rumors to damage my reputation,” Burchuladze said, referring to leaked wiretapped audio recording of his phone conversation with head of the Tbilisi-based private broadcaster Rustavi 2 TV, Nika Gvaramia. ...
A four-party election bloc, led by opera singer Paata Burchuladze’s State for People, unveiled its list of MP candidates, who will be running for parliament under the proportional, party-list system in the October 8 elections. ...

Wahl in Georgien - Vertriebene hoffen auf Verbesserungen - 07.10.2016, deutschlandfunk.de, von Gesine DornblüthViele Binnenflüchtlinge in Georgien leiden unter der großen Armut im Land. Sie leben oft in halb verfallenen Notunterkünften und können nicht in ihre Heimatregionen zurück. Vor der Parlamentswahl morgen haben Politiker den Vertriebenen Unterstützung und neue Wohnungen versprochen. ...  Denn eine Rückkehr nach Abchasien werde nach all den Jahren immer weniger wahrscheinlich, besonders, nachdem Russland die abtrünnigen georgischen Gebiete 2008 als unabhängige Staaten anerkannt und dort russische Militärstützpunkte errichtet hat.

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Paata Burchuladze ist ein in ganz Europa bekannter Opernstar mit mächtiger Bassstimme:
Der gebürtige Georgier studierte Gesang in Tbilisi und gewann zahlreiche Musikwettbewerbe, u.a im Opernstudio der Mailänder Scala. 1984 debütierte er als Ramfis in Verdis Aida unter Zubin Mehta am Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London und sang bald an allen großen Opernhäusern: Teatro dell’Opera, Rom, Opéra de Paris, Staatsoper Hamburg, Bayerische Staatsoper München und Staatsoper Wien. Besonders in der Rolle des Dossifej in Chowanschtschina von Modest Mussorgsky machte er auf sich aufmerksam. In der Titelpartie von Mussorgskys Boris Godunow trat er in München, Wien, Lissabon, Bordeaux, Boston, Mailand, Tokio, New York und Tel Aviv auf. Auch als Liedsänger machte sich der Bassist einen Namen. Partien an der Bayerischen Staatsoper: Zaccaria (Nabucco), Boris Godunow, Banco (Macbeth), Ramfis (Aida), Großinquisitor (Don Carlo), Osmin (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Sparafucile (Rigoletto), Iwan Chowansky (Chowanschtschina).
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PAPST FRANZISKUS IN GEORGIEN - POPE FRANCIS IN GEORGIA
Papst Franziskus hat von Freitag bis Sonntag Georgien und Aserbaidschan besucht. Es war seine 16. Apostolische Auslandsreise. 
Freitag, der 30.September, in Georgien:
Gut drei Monate nach seiner ersten Kaukasus-Reise - nach Armenien - brach Papst Franziskus am Freitag erneut in die Region auf: In der georgischen  Hauptstadt Tiflis wurde er nach seiner Ankunft von Staatspräsident Giorgi Margwelaschwili empfangen, bevor er mit dem Patriarchen der Georgischen Orthodoxen Apostelkirche, Ilia II., zusammenkam.
Bei seiner ersten Ansprache in Georgien appellierte Papst Franziskus im Präsidentenpalast an die staatlichen Vertreter, die ethnische Vielfalt der Region als Bereicherung des Gemeinwohls zu sehen. In der anschließenden Ansprache gerichtet an Georgiens Patriarchen Ilia II., bekräftigte Papst Franziskus, das Band der Brüderlichkeit trotz schwieriger Verhältnisse erhalten zu wollen. Abschließend betete der Papst mit der assyrisch-chaldäischen Gemeinde von Tiflis für den Frieden in Syrien und im Irak.
Samstag, der 1. Oktober, in Georgien:
Am zweiten Tag seiner Georgienreise feierte Franziskus morgens im Stadion von Tiflis eine Eucharistiefeier. Danach besuchte der Papst eine der zwei katholischen Kirchen der georgischen Hauptstadt, wo er vor Priestern, Ordensleuten und Seminaristen der Gendertheorie eine Absage erteilte. Im Anschluss besuchte der Papst ein Caritas-Zentrum der Kamillaner, um dann abschließend erneut mit dem orthodoxen Patriarchen in seiner Kathedrale in Mtsketa zusammenzutreffen und gemeinsam zur Reliquie der Tunika Christi zu schreiten.
Papst Franziskus hat am Samstagmorgen, vor und nach der Messe, jene ausgeliehen Heiligen Pforte durchschritten, die  Beobachter als Symbol der kirchlichen Spannungen in dem überwiegend orthodoxen Land sehen. Bei der Messe in Tiflis in einem Stadion blieb der Andrang katholischer Gläubiger hinter den Erwartungen zurück. Die angekündigte georgisch-orthodoxe Delegation blieb vollends fern. Unbeirrt davon, warb der Papst etwas später in Anwesenheit des orthodoxen Patriarchen Elia in Mtsketa für ökumenische Zusammenarbeit zwischen Katholiken und Orthodoxen.
Bei seinem anschließendem Besuch bei der Caritas lobte Franziskus besonders deren Einsatz jedem zu helfen, unabhängig von dessen Religionszugehörigkeit. Vor Priestern, Ordensleuten und Seminaristen sprach der Papst in freier Rede, wobei er erneut den Auswüchsen der Gendertheorie eine Absage erteilte und vor Scheidung als Zerstörung der Ehe auf breiter Ebene warnte. Danach feierte Franziskus Georgiens Frauen als Vorbild einer Kirche des Trostes und rief Georgien zu einer Kirche der Nächstenliebe auf.
Sonntag, der 2. Oktober, in Aserbaidschan:
Den dritten und letzten Tag seiner zweiten Kaukasusreise binnen weniger Monate brachte Papst Franziskus in Aserbaidschan zu. In der einzigen Kirche im ganzen Land feierte Papst Franziskus die Sonntagsmesse. Nach dem Mittagessen besuchte er das Denkmal für die Gefallenen der Unabhängigkeitskriege und hielt eine Rede vor dem Präsidenten, den Politikern und den Diplomaten in dem mit autoritären Zügen regierten Land. Dabei warb Franziskus für eine Politik mit Augenmaß und Respekt für Andersdenkende. Auf eine private Unterredung mit dem Scheich der kaukasischen Muslime folgte ein großes interreligiöses Treffen mit dem Scheich sowie den Repräsentanten der anderen Religionen des Landes. Das Zusammenleben der Religionen in Aserbaidschan gilt als gut.
Zu den Hintergründen der Papstreise: 
Die Hoffnung, dass Papst Franziskus nach dem Besuch von Papst Johannes Paul II. vor 17 Jahren, seine Freude und spirituelle Weisheit in das Land tragen wird, war vor Beginn der Reise groß. Nicht verwunderlich, dass die Reise des Papstes nach Georgien und  Aserbaidschan daher vor allem als „Friedensreise“ betrachtet wurde. Gerade in der derzeitigen Kriegssituation unterstrich Georgiens Staatspräsident Giorgi Margwelaschwili vorab die Rolle des Papstes als Friedensstifter. ... (rv 02.10.2016 ah) 
Head of the Georgian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Ilia II, hailed the visit of Pope Francis to Georgia as “really a historic event” and expressed hope it would “further strengthen our relations.” During a meeting at the Georgian Patriarchate, the head of the Georgian Orthodox Church said that he and Pope Francis “promised each other that we will pray for each other.” Pope Francis thanked the Georgian Patriarch “for this fraternal promise to pray for each other, after having given each other kiss of peace.” Addressing to the Pope as “my beloved brother”, Patriarch Ilia II said: “We had many problems as well and it should also be noted that those problems have been overcome with god’s blessing.” ...
Pope Francis Visits Georgia - 30.09.2016, Civil.ge
Pope Francis started a two-day visit to Georgia on Friday afternoon during which he will meet the President, Head of the Georgian Orthodox Church, preside over a Mass at a stadium and travel to the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in Mtskheta before heading to Azerbaijan on Sunday morning. 
Pope Francis arrived at the Tbilisi international airport at 3pm local time on Friday, where he was welcomed by President Giorgi Margvelashvili and Head of the Georgian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Ilia II. 
After a welcoming ceremony at the airport in presence of Parliament Speaker Davit Usupashvili, Tbilisi Mayor Davit Narmania as well as several government ministers, the Pope headed to the presidential palace for a meeting with President Margvelashvili.
After the meeting, the Pope and the President will address representatives of the government, civil society and diplomatic corps at the presidential palace. ...
Papst feiert Messe in Tiflis - 01.10.2016, deutschlandfunk.de
Papst Franziskus hat bei seinem Besuch in Georgien die katholische Minderheit des Landes zu Offenheit und Dialog aufgerufen. ... Die ökumenischen Beziehungen gelten als schwierig. ...
Papst predigt vor leeren Rängen - 01.10.2016, spiegel.de
Nur 3000 Gläubige kamen ins Stadion von Tiflis: Der Besuch von Papst Franziskus in Georgien wurde von Spannungen zwischen dem Heiligen Stuhl und der orthodoxen Kirche des Landes überschattet. ...

Zviad Gogotchuri won gold in men’s under 90 kg judo at the Rio Paralympic Games.
This is Georgia’s first-ever medal of Paralympic Games. Gogotchuri, 29, won the gold medal after defeating Ukraine’s Oleksandr Nazarenko in the final on September 10. Georgia made its debut at Paralympic Games in 2008 in Beijing.

PARLAMENTSWAHL AM  08.10.2016 - WAHLKAMPF UM DIE NÄCHSTE REGIERUNG IN GEORGIEN
Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) has decided to team up with three private television stations to jointly commission exit polls for the October 8 parliamentary elections. A separate exit poll will be commissioned by Rustavi 2 private broadcaster; it has yet to announce details. Along with public broadcaster, a group of four television stations jointly planning exit polls, also includes Imedi TV, Maestro TV and GDS TV – the latter is owned by son of billionaire ex-PM and founder of ruling GDDG party Bidzina Ivanishvili. GPB’s decision to team up with the group has been criticized by a group of media watchdog and civil society organizations, which has warned that the move will damage GPB as it will be perceived as taking sides in Georgia’s politically polarized media landscape.
Three private broadcasters Imedi TV, Maestro TV and GDS TV have jointly commissioned exit polls to TNS Opinion with field work to be carried out by Tbilisi-based pollster Gorbi. ...
A part of the MPs are not in a new electoral list of Georgian Dream. Kakhi Kaladze comments on the issue and states that these individuals will be able to use their experience for their own country.
As for majoritarian candidates, Kakhi Kaladze says that all candidates have opportunity to win elections. The former Energy Minister is confident that they will be in a new parliament.
" Everyone could not be in the election list. It is sad of course, we have repeatedly discussed this issue, however I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who were with Georgian Dream from the first day,"- said Kakhi kaladze. 
PM Giorgi Kvirikashvili announced on Friday about appointing Levan Davitashvili and Ilia Eloshvili as new agriculture and energy ministers, respectively, and proposed appointing state minister for Euro-Atlantic and European integration, Davit Bakradze, as Georgia’s next ambassador to the United States after October 8 parliamentary elections. ...
Kakha Kaladze has resigned. He made an announcement a few minutes ago.
The legislation imposes an obligation to resign, because he is number two in Georgian Dream"s election list
" I have changed many houses, environment in my life. The Ministry of Energy is like home for me and each of you are my family members. I am not your minister from now on. I would like to wish luck to each of you,"- said Kakhi Kaladze.

Geschichte von Tbilisi mit historischen Bildern und Landkarten

UKRAINE-GEORGIEN-RUSSLAND - ZUR ERINNERUNG
Zitat aus v.g.IQuelle:"... keine Verlängerung der Nutzungsverträge über den Termin hinaus laut der ukrainischen Regierungschefin Timoschenko ... «Das Abkommen muss bis 2017 eingehalten werden, weil es von beiden Seiten unterzeichnet wurde», sagte Julia Timoschenko vor Journalisten in Kiew. «Anschliessend muss die Ukraine ein Gebiet ohne Militärstützpunkte werden.» ..."
Schwarzmeerflotte - de.wikipedia.org, Stand 20.08.2016
Zitat aus v.g.IQuelle:"... Am 31. Mai 1997 unterzeichneten die Präsidenten Russlands und der Ukraine, Boris Jelzin und Leonid Kutschma, in Kiew erneut ein dreiteiliges Abkommen über den Status der Flotte. Russland pachtete die Militäranlagen in Sewastopol für die nächsten 20 Jahre und nutzte die Häfen in Sewastopol und der Karantinnaja-Bucht sowie die Einrichtungen in Streletskaja gemeinsam mit der ukrainischen Marine. ..."
Sewastopol - Seehafen auf der Krim  - de.wikipedia.org, Stand 20.08.2016
Zitat aus v.g.IQuelle:"... Sewastopol von griechisch Σεβαστούπολις Sewastúpolis ... Seit dem 21. März 2014, nach der Annexion von Teilen des Territoriums der Ukraine (Autonome Republik Krim und die Stadt Sewastopol) durch Russland, sehen Russland und die Sezessionsregierung von Sewastopol die Stadt als Föderationssubjekt und damit Teil Russlands an (siehe Krimkrise und Republik Krim). Dies ist international durch die Resolution 68/262 der UN-Generalversammlung («Territoriale Integrität der Ukraine») nicht anerkannt. Die Ukraine sieht die Gebiete (u. a. die Stadt Sewastopol) als vorübergehend besetzte Gebiete des Territoriums der Ukraine an. ..."
Resolution 68/262 der UN-Generalversammlung - de.wikipedia.org, Stand 20.08.2016
Zitat aus v.g.IQuelle:"... wurde am 27. März 2014 als Ergebnis der offenen Abstimmung am 80. Plenarsitzung der 68. Tagung der UN-Generalversammlung verabschiedet. ... Die Resolution wurde von 100 Mitgliedsstaaten der Vereinten Nationen unterstützt. Elf Länder dagegen: Armenien, Belarus, Bolivien, Kuba, Nordkorea, Nicaragua, Russland, Sudan, Syrien, Venezuela und Simbabwe; 58 Enthaltungen; weitere 24 Staaten abwesend. ... Die Resolution wurde von Kanada, Costa Rica, Deutschland, Litauen, Polen und der Ukraine eingeleitet. Vorher Lösungsversuche im Sicherheitsrat der UN: gescheitert am Veto Russlands. ..."





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VISA-FREIHEIT FÜR GEORGIEN AUFGESCHOBEN WEGEN TÜRKEI / KOSOVO UND NEUER "NOTBREMSE-KLAUSEL"
Trotzdem ist nicht ausgeschlossen, dass den Georgiern die Einreise ohne Visum in die EU bis zum Herbst gewährt wird ...
Visa Liberalization to Georgia - by David Kldiashvili Kutaisi, Georgien
Georgian people  highly relies on the decision of the Council of the European Union, scheduled for June 10, 2016 in Luxemburg, where the ministers of Justice and Home Affairs of the EU member states will make a decision on visa liberalization regime for Georgia.
Visa liberalization will enable Georgian citizens to travel freely in the Schengen area countries and will promote people to people contacts and bring Georgian citizens ever closer to the European values. Moreover, the decision is crucial shortly before the parliamentary election in Georgia to be held on October 8, 2016. The positive decision, on visa liberalization will strengthen Georgia’s commitment to European choice and will demonstrate to the citizens of Georgia tangible benefits of this choice.
According to the European Commission, Georgia has fully complied with the commitments of the Visa Liberalization Action Plan. Therefore, we call on the Ministers of Justice and Home Affairs of the EU member states:
-    To take into account the Fourth Progress Report prepared by European Commission, dated December 18, 2015, and its recommendations on the abolition of short-term visas for Georgia.
-    Not to delay a decision on lifting the visa requirements to the next meeting.
-    To discuss the case of Georgia based on an individualized approach, taking into account Georgia's fulfillment of the visa liberalization requirements and commitments, Georgia's forthcoming parliamentary elections and the effect of growing Russian “soft power” pressure on Georgia's European choice.
-    To conduct its decision-making process according to the requirements and methodology defined by the Visa Liberalization Action Plan.
Berlin - Bundesinnenminister Thomas de Maizière (CDU) ... von EU geplante "Notbremse" bei der Visa-Liberalisierung: "automatische Aussetzung" im Falle von Missbrauch (Notbremse) betreffe alle Staaten mit Visa-Freiheit ... "nicht gegen irgendein Land gerichtet" ... z.B. die Türkei ...
Steigen die Asylzahlen oder ist die öffentliche Ordnung bedroht, will die EU künftig Abkommen zur Visabefreiung aussetzen können. Das gilt für alle Länder, zum Beispiel auch Kosovo. ...

ARMENIEN-RESOLUTION NUN AUCH IN DEUTSCHLAND IM BUNDESTAG VERABSCHIEDET
Ungeachtet der deutlichen Kritik der türkischen Regierung hat der Bundestag die Armenien-Resolution beschlossen und damit das historische Massaker als Völkermord eingestuft. ...

ROBBIE WILLIAMS IN GEORGIEN MAI 2016 - ROBBIE WILLIAMS IN GEORGIA  MAY 2016
How to look like the scene for Robbie Williams concert - 28.05.2016, video, rustavi2.com 
Robbie Williams Gig in Tbilisi - 28.05.2016, civil.geBritish singer Robbie Williams performed before up to 40,000 people at the Dinamo Arena in Tbilisi on May 27, 2016. The gig was one of the headline acts in Check in Georgia program involving dozens of entertainment events this year; Italian singer Eros Ramazzotti performed at the Tbilisi Sport Palace in April and the band Maroon 5 will play a gig in Georgia’s Black Sea resort town of Batumi on June 7.
Robbie’s next live outing will see him head to Georgia for the first time to help celebrate the country’s Independence Day next month. He’ll take to the stage at Tbilisi’s Dynamo Arena on 27 May to perform the greatest hits-heavy setlist seen on last year’s Let Me Entertain You Tour. Robbie’s show will sit alongside many more celebrations planned in the capital and throughout the country; tickets go on sale on 15 April at tkt.ge.
ROBBIE ANNOUNCES SHOW IN GEORGIA - robbiewilliams.com/video
Here's Robbie announcing his show in Tbilisi to celebrate Geogia's Independence Day on 27 May 2016.

OPERNSÄNGER PAATA BURCHULADZE FORMIERT NEUE OPPOSITIONSPARTEI
We no longer have to dream, we must act - Paata Burchuladze 28-05-2016, rustavi2.com 
The new political movement State for People is holding the first congress . Party supporters gathered at the Sports Palace. Paata Burchuladze addressed the participants and said that "we no longer have to dream, we must act." Paata Burchuladze, the leader of a new political force, said his party will fight for coming to power and to fight had started.
Merab Metreveli joins Paata Burchuladze"s party - 16-05-2016, rustavi2.com
Paata Burchuladze presented a new member of his political movement today. Merab Metreveli, a journalist has joined the party " State for people". " Earlier there was no political forces ,with whom I could implement ideas. When Paata Buchulade offered me to join, it was easier to take decision,"- said Merab Metreveli.
"The State for people,"- Paata Burchuladze"s public movement turned into a political party and gets ready for elections. Paata Burchuladze and his teammates do not speak about the new team and political partners. 
Different political forces commented on Paata Burchuladze"s political ambitions. Ruling Party members disapprove Paata Burchuladze"s political experience and electoral . Parliamentary opposition expects that a political competition will increase . Non-parliamentary opposition predicts Bdizina Ivanishvili"s fate to Paata Burchuladze.
Operatic bass Paata Burchuladze announced on Thursday about launching political party, the State for the People, which, he said, will win a “solid” representation in the Parliament to be elected in the October 8 elections.
His announcement about going into politics came as no surprise. In late November Burchuladze, 61, launched the Georgian Development Foundation, and although he has remained noncommittal about political plans up until now, Burchuladze has been travelling in the regions since January, opening there branch offices of his foundation and meeting locals in campaign-style events. “The country is in such a state now, which forced me to quit my career and my sweet life in order to lead the political party,” said Burchuladze, whose operatic career spanned more than 35 years. In a written statement earlier on May 12, he said in an apparent reference to billionaire ex-PM Bidzina Ivanishvili: “We do not want the country to have an informal ruler and to live according to his taste, in the world created according to his taste.” “Under the incumbent government, we have received the country which does not know what it wants,” said Burchuladze, who has been involved in charity work for children through his Iavnana foundation for over a decade. “The task is the following: we should change politics itself and we will have a chance to change the country… There is no place for either ignorant or dishonest people in the politics; they may still remain in the politics, but let’s try to make them minority,” he said, adding that he wants Georgia to become “a member of the European family.” In one of the recent publicly available public opinion surveys, Burchuladze’s movement polled third after GDDG ruling party and opposition UNM. Asked about Burchuladze’s decision to go into politics, PM Giorgi Kvirikashvili, who is set to become chairman of the ruling GDDG party later this week, said that “the more political players are out there, the more competitive the environment will be.” “But I think that the Georgian Dream is unrivaled and has a serious advantage, which will be confirmed in the elections,” PM Kvirikashvili said.
"The situation in the judiciay is beyond criticism," - David Jandieri - 05-05-2016, rustavi2.com 
Paata Burchuladze Development Fund presented their vision of the Judicial reform to the third Sector. Afterwards, the bill will be initiated in the Parliament in the near future. Fund officials believe that the Council of Justice is unacceptable and has no confidence from the civil society. According to them, the work of the Council should be transparent. "The situation in the court is beyond criticism. The created situation does not allow for optimistic conclusions. The government is using the judiciary for their own purposes. So, we decided to meet with the non-governmental sector to introduce the draft law of the Development Fund , the purpose of which is not to allow the High Council of Justice to make decisions on the basis of deals and secure ordinary judicial independence", - said David Jandieri.
A movement, established by operatic bass Paata Burchuladze, which is expected to turn into a political party ahead of the October parliamentary elections, emerged not too far behind from GDDG and UNM in a poll commissioned by the International Republican Institute (IRI) and fielded in March. The survey was fielded by Institute of Polling & Marketing (IPM) on March 12-April 2. GD ruling coalition announced on March 31 that its members (GDDG; Republican Party; Conservative Party; Industrialists, and National Forum) would no longer run under the joint ticket in the upcoming elections. On a question “if the parties were to participate independent of coalitions, who would you vote for”, 12% named Burchuladze’s Georgian Development Foundation, after Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia (GDDG) – 19%, and United National Movement (UNM) – 18%. Irakli Alasania’s Free Democrats party was named by 11%, followed by Labor Party – 8%; Alliance of Patriots – 4%; Nino Burjanadze’s Democratic Movement – 3%, and Republican Party – 1%. 14% did not know and 9% said they would vote for none of the party. Burchuladze, whose operatic career spans over 35 years, has launched Georgian Development Foundation late last year. Burchuladze, who has been involved in charity work for children through his Iavnana foundation for over a decade, did not rule out going into politics when he announced about his new foundation in late November. He has been traveling in the regions, opening there branch offices of his foundation and meeting locals since January in events reminiscent to political campaigning. Local branches of the movement were opened in more than dozen of localities across the country over the past three months. Burchuladze says that these efforts aim at “elaborating together with people a plan for overcoming the crisis existing in the country.” While remaining noncommittal about his own political plans, he often speaks about prevailing “hopelessness” among the people and his attempt to “give people glimmer of hope and to get Georgia on right track”. He also speaks about the need of “proper management and governance for the country.” Key members of his movement make frequent televised appearances, commenting on current affairs and criticizing government’s policies as “aimless, passive and inefficient.” Burchuladze has visited Washington D.C. at least twice since March, and his representatives traveled to Brussels for meetings with some MEPs. IRI-commissioned survey also examines favorability rating of politicians and public figures, where Burchuladze leads with 75%; his unfavorable rating stood at 17%. He was followed by Healthcare Minister Davit Sergeenko with 64%, whose unfavorable rating was at 26%. FD opposition party leader Irakli Alasania and President Giorgi Margvelashvili had 60% favorable rating each with their unfavorable rating at 35% each. PM Giorgi Kvirikashvili’s favorable rating stood at 56% and unfavorable – 32%. Leader of the UNM parliamentary minority group MP Davit Bakradze’s favorable rating was at 54% and unfavorable – 40%. 70% of surveyed said things in Georgia were going in the “wrong direction”, up from 55% in February, 2015. 1,500 respondents were interviewed in the survey, which was funded by USAID; it has margin of error plus/minus 2.5%.
"Free media is still under threat", - Paata Burchuladze on Rustavi 2 - 26-04-2016, rustavi2.com
"Paata Burchuladze - Development Fund of Georgia " has issued a statement on the Rustavi 2 case. The statement says that a few years after the change of Government, free media is still under the threat. "Unfortunately, the developments around Rustavi 2 case raise serious doubts that the case is politically motivated. A number of international and local non-governmental organization are concerned about developments around Rustavi 2 TV . "Paata Burchuladze - Development Fund of Georgia" joins these concerns and supports the broadcasting company and its all journalists employed and employees ", - the letter says. "Paata Burchuladze - Development Fund of Georgia" has called on the government to stop controlling the court. The Fundhas also called on the Court not to interfere in the political insinuations in order not to cast shadow on the court"s independence and reputation. "In case of the government`s interference and immature actions the damage is inflicted not only to the " Rustavi 2 TV company`s"editorial independence and financial situation, but it may have irreparable repercussions on the future of our country, its Euro-Atlantic integration process and the officially declared western course," reads the letter .
"Together we are Georgia" - live chain organized under this slogan - 10-04-2016, rustavi2.com
"Together we are Georgia" - under the slogan Paata Burchuladze`s Fund organized a human chain. Dressed in national clothes from different ethnic groups living in Georgia .partcipants formes a life chain from Juma mosque-to-Surb Gevork cathedral and a synagogue up to the karavasla Historic Museum. In the framework of event , Paata Burchuladze visited various temples and met with .religious groups clerics. Paata Burchuladze addressed the particpants with a speech.
On Christmas Eve Paata Burchuladze visited Kote Tedeev`s 6-member family who are IDPs from the occupied Achabeti. The founder of the Foundation for Development of Georgiaalso visited the Sunday school in the village of Nikozi, which was built with the help of foreign partners after 2008 war. Paata Burchuladze attended Christmas sermon at the Deity Church near the occupation line.
Paata Burchuladze criticizes the government"s economic policy at the "Development Fund" presentation - 24-12-2015, rustavi2.comToday, Paata Burchuladze presented his new Development Fund. Although Burchuladze announced the Development Fund as a non-political organization, the first main message had a very different direction. The top opera-singer does not like the government"s economic policy. Beside the economic problems, the foundation members talk on the political crisis in the country. Because of this, new team is planning to consult with the political subjects. At this moment, the members did not specify when the party is scheduled to be remodeled. It is possible that happens before the parliamentary elections.


GEORGISCHE UND DEUTSCHE FRAUEN-POWER ? - GEORGIAN AND GERMAN WOMAN POWER ?
Wo die Männer nur Statisten sind (Einspruch von georgien-nachrichten.com: Wo die Männer als Tamadas sehr beschäftigt sind): ... Mit den Georgiern ist es so: Die Frauen sind alle wunderschön und unendlich gebildet, sie sprechen sanft, aber bestimmt, sie sind Institutsdirektorinnen, Filmwissenschaftlerinnen, Übersetzerinnen, Museumsleiterinnen und Schriftstellerinnen. Die Männer sind ... (Einspruch von georgien-nachrichten.com zum Artikel insgesamt: eine Reihung von höflichen Klischees ... als Vorbereitung für Georgien als Ehrengastland der Frankfurter Buchmesse im Jahr 2018 ... und der Abschnitt "Georgien ist ein halbwegs funktionierender demokratischer Staat ..." spart die "Undiszipliertheiten" und "Widersprüchlichkeiten" der aktuell Regierenden bezüglich der Mehr-Parteien-Demokratie aus ... )
Frauen und die Demonstration am 9. April 1989 - In Erinnerung an die 1989 in Tbilisi getöteten Frauen, die unter den 20 erschlagenen und vergasten Demonstranten für die georgische Unabhängigkeit waren:
Aza Adamiya (22), Eka Bezhanishvili (16), Nato Giorgadze (23), Tamuna Dolidze (28), Tina Enukidze (70), Nino Toidze (25), Zaire Kikvidze (86), Manana Loladze (33), Tamara Mamulashvili (50), Nana Samarguliani Nana (41), Marina Chkonia-Samarguliani (31), Eliso Chipashvili (25), Tamara Chovelidze (16), Mzia Dzhincharadze (40), Manana Melkadze (23), Natia Bashaleishvili (16), Verena Metreveli
Frische Luft, gesunde Ernährung und immer ein Tropfen rustikalen Weins ... in Georgien sind mit seinen 4,4 Millionen Einwohnern rund 1.000 Menschen älter als 100 Jahre ... Es geht um die Georgierin Antissa Chwitschawa, 8. Juli 1880 geboren. ...
"Salut Salon" ist ein Frauen-Quartett aus Hamburg, das Klassik auf Tour neu intoniert:

GEZIELTE AKTIONEN MIT GEWALTANWENDUNG GEGEN UNM-OPPOSITION BEI ZUGDIDI
A violent incident in the village of Kortskheli of Zugdidi municipality has “damaged significantly electoral environment,” chairperson of the Central Election Commission (CEC), Tamar Zhvania, said after polling stations closed in Sunday’s by-elections in number of single-mandate constituencies to fill vacant seats in local councils.
Some leaders and activists of the opposition UNM party were beaten by a group of supporters of the ruling GDDG party in a fistfight, which erupted outside a polling station in the village of Kortskheli in early Sunday afternoon.
Along with Zugdidi’s Kortskheli single-member district, by-elections are held in eight other single-member districts in various localities across the country to fill vacant seats in respective local councils (Sakrebulo). ...
President Giorgi Margvelashvili has condemned violence outside a polling station in the Zugdidi municipality in which some of the leaders and activists of the opposition UNM party were beaten by supporters of the ruling GDDG party. ...
UNM Leaders, Activists Beaten Outside Polling Station in Zugdidi During Local By-Election - 22.05.2016, civil.ge
Several leading figures from opposition UNM party and its activists were beaten during a fistfight that broke out close to a polling station in a village of Zugdidi municipality during by-election for a vacant seat in local council on Sunday.
International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED), whose observers are monitoring by-elections said: “A physical confrontation erupted between [ruling party] GDDG activists and UNM representatives close to the polling station No.53 in the Zugdidi municipality. [GDDG] activists were forcing UNM leaders – Giga Bokeria, Nika Melia, Tengiz Gunava and party’s other representatives, to leave the area adjacent to the polling station; UNM members refused, which was followed by confrontation.”
Television footage showed chaotic scenes in the village of Kortskheli with dozens of people scuffling; in one scene UNM’s Nika Melia was seen being beaten by several men and in another scene Bokeria was punched in the face and knocked on the ground as his supporters were helping him to stand up. ...

RUSSISCH BESETZTES ABCHASIEN - SOLDAT ERSCHIESST AN GRENZE GEORGIER
Giga Otkhozoriaand wurde an der Grenze auf der abchasischen Seite von einem russischen Soldaten an helllichtem Tage vor vielen umstehenden Augenzeugen mit mehreren Schüssen verletzt, zuletzt am Boden liegend mit einem Kopfschuss getötet. Der Tatablauf wurde durch Videokameras festgehaltenVideo mit Tatblauf ab 0:45
1.05.2016, civil.ge
Military prosecution service in breakaway Abkhazia said it has filed murder charges against an Abkhaz border guard serviceman, suspected of killing a Georgian citizen on May 19. ...
Khurcha murder fixed by surveillance camera - 20.05.2016, rustavi2.com
Khurcha murder was fixed by the security surveillance camera installed at the so-called Checkpoint. The video showed how the military occupation regime servicemen cross the Georgian-controlled territory and at first physical abuse Giga Otkhozoriaand then shoot several times. The camera also fixed the last control shot in the head. After that, the soldiers leave the place and return to the so-called border check point. This video has been removed by Georgian law enforcers. The footage was showed to witnesses for identification of the murder suspects.
A local Georgian citizen was shot dead in the Georgian-controlled village of Khurcha at one of the crossing points between breakaway Abkhazia and rest of Georgia on May 19 by armed men, who reportedly came from the Abkhaz side of the administrative border.
The Georgian PM condemned the fatal shooting as an attempt “to obstruct the ongoing processes” of reconciliation and the Georgian Foreign Ministry said Russia as the “power in effective control” of Abkhazia is responsible. The Russian Foreign Ministry dismissed the allegation as Tbilisi’s “usual propaganda exercise on the topic of ‘Russian occupation’.”
The EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM), which has unarmed monitors on the ground without being able to access the breakaway region, said that the fatal shooting occurred at the Khurcha-Nabakevi crossing point.
“According to a preliminary assessment based on local witnesses, armed security actors from the Abkhaz side of the bridge crossed over to Tbilisi Administered Territory and carried out the shooting. EUMM has activated the hotline and is facilitating the exchange of information. We have been informed that the investigation is ongoing on the both sides of the Administrative Boundary Line,” the EUMM said on May 20.
The Georgian State Security Service, which “condemned” the fatal shooting, said that Giga Otkhozoria was shot to death by “four armed persons” at about 2:30pm local time on May 19 in the village of Khurcha. Otkhozoria had several gunshot wounds, including one to the head, according to a doctor in a hospital in nearby town of Zugdidi.
There were conflicting reports in the Georgian media about the circumstances of the fatal shooting; some reports said that Otkhozoria was shot dead by the Abkhaz border guards and in some reports perpetrators were described as Russian border guards. Some relatives of the victim said that the shooting was preceded by a verbal argument between the man and those manning the crossing point. 
Chief prosecutor of breakaway Abkhazia, Alexey Lolua, told Russian news agency TASS on May 20 that the incident occurred at the crossing point when two men tried to entered into Abkhazia without having proper documents; he claimed that one of the men “threatened” border guards and engaged in a brawl with them. 
The Georgian State Security Service did not identify “four armed persons” either as Abkhaz or Russian security forces and declined to comment beyond its brief written statement.
Although the Georgian Foreign Ministry did not say in its statement that the Russian border guards were involved in the shooting, it said that the responsibility for fatal shooting lies upon the Russian side because it is “in effective control of the region.”
“This criminal act once again demonstrates the highly alarming situation in the occupied region of Abkhazia, Georgia and the full responsibility for it lies with the Russian Federation as with the power in effective control of the region,” the Georgian Foreign Ministry said.
“The abovementioned criminal act reaffirms the need of establishing international security mechanisms in the occupied Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region,” it added. “The Georgian side will apply all existing international mechanisms to ensure both political and legal response and to bring those responsible for the crime to justice.”
Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Davit Dondua said he spoke by the phone with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin on May 19 over the issue; both are negotiators in the Geneva talks, which were launched after the August, 2008 war.
President Giorgi Margvelashvili said on May 20: “The murder in Khurcha means that one more person has fallen victim to occupation.”
In a statement on May 20 the Russian Foreign Ministry said Russian forces had nothing to do with this incident.
“The Georgian MFA used this case for its usual propaganda exercise on the topic of ‘Russian occupation’ even though the Georgian side knew very well that neither border guard troops nor any other Russian representative had anything to do with this incident,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said, adding that the fatal shooting is a source of “sincere regret.”
“Instead of political speculation over tragic death of a person, we recommend the Georgian side to focus on restoration of Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism in the area of the Georgian-Abkhaz border in the town of Gali,” it said, adding that “anti-Russian attacks” of Tbilisi do not contribute to restoration of this mechanism, restart of which was agreed at the recent round of the Geneva talks in March.
PM Giorgi Kvirikashvili told journalists on May 20: “It is an appalling fact, a huge tragedy that a person was killed mercilessly on the territory controlled by the Georgian side. It is even a greater tragedy as it is an attempt to obstruct the ongoing processes [of reconciliation] – we are taking certain steps to restore trust between Georgians and Abkhazians, Georgians and Ossetians.”
“I believe that the perpetrator will be punished very strictly. We will involve all our international partners in this case and we will definitely bring it to the end to ensure that the person who committed this terrible crime does not remain unpunished: the PM said.
“I express hope that Abkhazians will view this case as a direct provocation against the processes [of reconciliation]. Although we don’t have a great progress from political point of view, but we do have some progress in people-to-people relations and there is a certain warming; I wish that this progress to continue and that’s why it is extremely important to punish the perpetrators very strictly” he added. 
The Georgian State Ministry for Reconciliation and Civic Equality said in a statement on May 20, that the fatal shooting “is a serious challenge to peaceful policy the Georgian government has been pursuing over the past four years.” 
“Such cases have to be unequivocally condemned by all the parties. We do hope that power exercising effective control on the territory of Abkhazia will have a serious reaction to this case in order to eradicate re-occurrence of similar cases in the future, which undermine Georgian-Abkhaz peaceful political process,” it said.  
The EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM) has urged for a prompt and thorough investigation of the case and also called “on all sides to refrain from any actions that could potentially escalate the situation.”
“The incident as such provides additional urgency for the swift resumption of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism in Gali,” EUMM said.
A small group of protesters gathered on May 20 outside the government headquarters in Tbilisi criticizing Georgian authorities’ reaction to the fatal shooting, specifically the State Security Service’s statement, and saying that instead of making statements of condemnation the agency should be providing security on its controlled territory. Similar criticism was voiced at a separate protest rally, which was held on the same day by activists from the UNM opposition party outside the State Security Service.

GEORGISCHER MINISTERPRÄSIDENT IN BERLIN - Mittwoch, 15. Juni 2016
Deutschland und Georgien wollen ihre wirtschaftlichen Kontakte weiter ausbauen, sagte Bundeskanzlerin Merkel nach ihrem Gespräch mit Ministerpräsident Kwirikaschwili im Kanzleramt. Die Kanzlerin wünscht sich zudem eine rasche Umsetzung der Visa-Liberalisierung mit Georgien.
Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel empfängt den georgischen Ministerpräsidenten Giorgi Kwirikaschwili.
Antrittsbesuch in Berlin: Bundeskanzlerin Merkel empfängt den georgischen Ministerpräsidenten Kwirikaschwili.
Foto: Bundesregierung/Kugler
Beim Antrittsbesuch des georgischen Ministerpräsidenten Giorgi Kwirikaschwili in Berlin hob Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel die sehr intensiven deutsch-georgischen Beziehungen hervor. "Im 25. Jahr der georgischen Unabhängigkeit haben die freundschaftlichen gegenseitigen Beziehungen zwischen unseren Ländern unser Gespräch geprägt", betonte die Kanzlerin.
Der georgische Ministerpräsident bedankte sich für die tatkräftige Unterstützung Deutschlands und erklärte: "Die deutsch-georgischen Beziehungen haben gerade in den letzten Jahren eine neue Qualität bekommen."
Wirtschaftsbeziehungen intensivieren
Merkel lobte die jüngsten ökonomischen Reformen und die Liberalisierung der Wirtschaft in Georgien: "Dies ist eine herausragende Grundlage dafür, dass sich die wirtschaftlichen Kontakte mit deutschen Unternehmen intensivieren. Im Baubereich haben wir zwar bereits recht enge Kontakte, aber wir können das auf eine noch breitere Basis stellen", betonte die Kanzlerin.
Es werde in Deutschland noch nicht hinreichend beachtet, welche großen Fortschritte Georgien in den letzten Jahren gemacht habe, gerade was internationale Wettbewerbsfähigkeit und Transparenz anbelangt.
Kwirikaschwili, der am Morgen bereits ein deutsch-georgisches Wirtschaftsforum eröffnet hatte, erklärte: "An dem Forum haben 150 Firmen und Unternehmern teilgenommen. Das ist ein gutes Zeichen dafür, dass unsere Wirtschaftsbeziehungen stärker werden." In Georgien seien bereit mehr als 300 deutsche Unternehmen tätig. "Ich glaube, das Potenzial ist noch sehr viel größer und kann noch ausgeschöpft werden", sagte er.
Deutschland ist der sechstgrößte Handelspartner Georgiens. Das deutsch-georgische Handelsvolumen lag 2015 bei 454 Millionen Euro. Zu den Importen aus Deutschland gehören vor allem Autos und Auto-Teile, Maschinen, chemische Erzeugnisse, Elektrotechnik und Nahrungsmittel. Georgien exportiert nach Deutschland vor allem Nahrungsmittel und Textilien.
Zusammenarbeit im internationalen Rahmen
Mit Blick auf das Assoziierungsabkommens mit der EU bekräftigte die Kanzlerin, das Abkommen habe dazu beigetragen, dass die Wirtschaftskontakte zwischen Georgien und den Mitgliedstaaten der EU gewachsen seien. Es sei erfreulich, dass Georgien gleichzeitig im Verhältnis zu Russland eine pragmatische Haltung einnehme. Gleichzeitig betonte sie: "Wir treten weiterhin für die territoriale Integrität Georgiens ein." Dazu gehöre auch die Frage um Südossetien und Abchasien.
Der georgische Ministerpräsident hob seinerseits hervor, die deutsche Regierung habe seit 25 Jahren Georgiens Souveränität stets unterstützt. Er erklärte: "Deutschland und Georgien kämpfen gemeinsam für die Stabilität in der Region. Georgien ist ein kleines Land, aber wir stehen stolz neben der Europäischen Union und neben der Nato im Kampf gegen Terrorismus und zahlreichen anderen Operationen." Er versicherte, Georgien werde weiterhin an der Demokratisierung und Europäisierung des Landes arbeiten.
Mit Blick auf Georgiens Streben nach einer Mitgliedschaft in der Nato dankte er der Bundesregierung für ihren Beitrag zum so genannten "Substantial Nato-Georgia Package". Die Kanzlerin hob auch die positive Rolle Georgiens bei den Genfer Gesprächen hervor, wo es um wichtige humanitäre Fragen geht.
Visa-Liberalisierung rasch umsetzen
Zur Frage der Visa-Liberalisierung habe die Europäische Kommission festgestellt, dass Georgien die Voraussetzungen für die Liberalisierung erfüllt hat, so Merkel. Nun müsse entschieden werden, wann die Georgier Visafreiheit bekämen. "Ich habe darauf hingewiesen, dass diese Frage im Zusammenhang mit dem so genannten 'Snap-Back-Mechanismus' gesehen werden muss, damit schneller reagiert werden kann, wenn es große Schwierigkeiten geben sollte." Dies sei zum Beispiel der Fall, wenn viele Bürgerinnen und Bürger in einem Land mit Visa-Freiheit in Deutschland Asylanträge stellen.
Der Aussetzungsmechanismus liege derzeit zur Entscheidung dem europäischen Parlament vor. "Ich gehe davon aus, dass wir bei der Frage Visa-Liberalisierung für Bürgerinnen und Bürger aus Georgien zeitnah abstimmen können", sagte Merkel.
Der georgische Ministerpräsident betonte die Bedeutung der Visaliberalisierung für die georgisch-europäischen Beziehungen: "Im Rahmen des Freihandelsabkommens und des Assoziierungsabkommens mit der EU ist die Frage der Visa-Liberalisierung für die Bürger Georgiens ein wichtiger Meilenstein."
Als erstes Land der Europäischen Gemeinschaft hat die Bundesregierung Georgien nach der Unabhängigkeit 1991 am 23. März 1992 völkerrechtlich anerkannt. Nach der Aufnahme diplomatischer Beziehungen im April 1992 eröffnete Deutschland in Georgien als erster Staat eine Botschaft.
Bilaterale Kooperationen verstärken
Im Rahmen der bilateralen Beziehungen kündigte die Bundeskanzlerin an, dass es 2017 das deutsch-georgische Freundschaftsjahr gibt und Georgien 2018 als Gastland auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse teilnimmt. "Das wird vielen Menschen in Deutschland die Möglichkeit geben, die georgische Kultur und georgische Schriftsteller besser kennenzulernen", sagte sie.
Kwirikaschwili betonte: "Wir schätzen Ihre Unterstützung im Bildungswesen sehr." Erstaunlich viele Georgier kämen jährlich nach Deutschland, um mit Unterstützung von deutschen Stiftungen in Deutschland zu studieren und zu forschen.
Zur Vertiefung der Zusammenarbeit im Bereich der Berufsbildung erklärte er: " Für uns ist die Rolle Deutschlands die eines Vorreiters". Deshalb werde noch heute zwischen den Bildungsministerien beider Länder ein Memorandum unterzeichnet, das Georgien helfen werde, die Reformen durchzusetzen. Am Nachmittag wird eine Absichtserklärung beider Länder zum künftigen Dialog in Berufsbildungsfragen unterzeichnet.
In Berlin wird der georgische Ministerpräsident auch Außenminister Frank-Walter Steinmeier zu einem Gespräch treffen und an einer Veranstaltung zum 25. Jahrestag der Unabhängigkeit Georgiens teilnehmen.

Georgisch-deutscher Kulturpreis 2016 geht an Nino Haratischwili - April 2016, dvv-international.de
Die Georgierin schreibt sich in deutscher Sprache in die Herzen ihres Publikums. DVV International und das Goethe-Institut zeichnen sie für ihre Verdienste um die Kulturbeziehungen zwischen den beiden Ländern aus.
Zum vierten Mal verleihen das Goethe-Institut und der DVV International 2016 den nach dem deutsch-georgischen Schriftsteller Giwi Margwelaschwili benannten Preis für Verdienste um die Kulturbeziehungen zwischen Deutschland und Georgien - diesmal an die Schriftstellerin Nino Haratischwili. Ihr ist es - vor allem mit ihrem von Kritik und Publikum gefeierten Bestseller „Das achte Leben (Für Brilka)“ - gelungen, Georgien und die georgische Geschichte auf die innere Landkarte zehntausender Leser in Deutschland zu setzen. 
Die Preisverleihung findet am 8. Mai 2016 um 17.00 Uhr im Micheil Tumanischwili-Theater in Tbilissi (Agmaschenebeli Prosp. 164) statt, verbunden mit einer deutsch-georgischen Uraufführung des Theaterstücks „Zorn“ von Nino Haratischwili durch das Tumanischwili-Theater und das Freiburger Theater. Die Laudatio hält der georgische Theaterautor Davit Gabunia.
Die Autorin setzt sich auf allen Ebenen für die deutsch-georgischen Kulturbeziehungen ein
Nino Haratischwili schrieb schon als Schülerin Stücke und inszenierte sie mit einer deutsch-georgischen Jugendtheatergruppe. Nach einem Regiestudium in Tbilissi ging sie 2003 nach Deutschland, setzte ihre Studien an der Theaterakademie Hamburg fort und machte sich schnell als Regisseurin und Autorin einen Namen. Unter anderem wurde sie ausgezeichnet mit dem Adelbert-von-Chamisso-Förderpreis, dem Debütpreis des Buddenbrookhauses Lübeck, dem Preis der Hotlist der unabhängigen Verlage. 2015 erhielt sie den Literaturpreis des Kulturkreises der deutschen Wirtschaft sowie den prominenten Anna Seghers-Preis.
Neben ihrer Tätigkeit als Theaterautorin und Regisseurin in Deutschland engagiert sich Nino Haratischwili in vielfältiger Weise für die deutsch-georgischen Kulturbeziehungen - indem sie zum Beispiel die Vorbereitungen des georgischen Kulturministeriums für den Auftritt des Landes als Gastland der Frankfurter Buchmesse 2018 unterstützt und an den Planungen der Außenministerien beider Länder für ein Deutsch-Georgisches Jahr 2017 teilnimmt. Sie reist regelmäßig zu Lesungen, Diskussionen, Gastregien und Ko-Produktionen nach Georgien, ist publizistisch in beiden Ländern tätig und eine zunehmend prominente Figur der Vermittlung und Verständigung zwischen den Kulturen Georgiens und Deutschlands.

VISA-FREIHEIT FÜR GEORGIEN AUFGESCHOBEN WEGEN TÜRKEI / KOSOVO UND NEUER "NOTBREMSE-KLAUSEL"
Trotzdem ist nicht ausgeschlossen, dass den Georgiern die Einreise ohne Visum in die EU bis zum Herbst gewährt wird ...
Visa Liberalization to Georgia - by David Kldiashvili Kutaisi, Georgien
Georgian people  highly relies on the decision of the Council of the European Union, scheduled for June 10, 2016 in Luxemburg, where the ministers of Justice and Home Affairs of the EU member states will make a decision on visa liberalization regime for Georgia.
Visa liberalization will enable Georgian citizens to travel freely in the Schengen area countries and will promote people to people contacts and bring Georgian citizens ever closer to the European values. Moreover, the decision is crucial shortly before the parliamentary election in Georgia to be held on October 8, 2016. The positive decision, on visa liberalization will strengthen Georgia’s commitment to European choice and will demonstrate to the citizens of Georgia tangible benefits of this choice.
According to the European Commission, Georgia has fully complied with the commitments of the Visa Liberalization Action Plan. Therefore, we call on the Ministers of Justice and Home Affairs of the EU member states:
-    To take into account the Fourth Progress Report prepared by European Commission, dated December 18, 2015, and its recommendations on the abolition of short-term visas for Georgia.
-    Not to delay a decision on lifting the visa requirements to the next meeting.
-    To discuss the case of Georgia based on an individualized approach, taking into account Georgia's fulfillment of the visa liberalization requirements and commitments, Georgia's forthcoming parliamentary elections and the effect of growing Russian “soft power” pressure on Georgia's European choice.
-    To conduct its decision-making process according to the requirements and methodology defined by the Visa Liberalization Action Plan.
Berlin - Bundesinnenminister Thomas de Maizière (CDU) ... von EU geplante "Notbremse" bei der Visa-Liberalisierung: "automatische Aussetzung" im Falle von Missbrauch (Notbremse) betreffe alle Staaten mit Visa-Freiheit ... "nicht gegen irgendein Land gerichtet" ... z.B. die Türkei ...
Steigen die Asylzahlen oder ist die öffentliche Ordnung bedroht, will die EU künftig Abkommen zur Visabefreiung aussetzen können. Das gilt für alle Länder, zum Beispiel auch Kosovo. ...

ARMENIEN-RESOLUTION NUN AUCH IN DEUTSCHLAND IM BUNDESTAG VERABSCHIEDET
Ungeachtet der deutlichen Kritik der türkischen Regierung hat der Bundestag die Armenien-Resolution beschlossen und damit das historische Massaker als Völkermord eingestuft. ...

ROBBIE WILLIAMS IN GEORGIEN MAI 2016 - ROBBIE WILLIAMS IN GEORGIA  MAY 2016
How to look like the scene for Robbie Williams concert - 28.05.2016, video, rustavi2.com 
Robbie Williams Gig in Tbilisi - 28.05.2016, civil.geBritish singer Robbie Williams performed before up to 40,000 people at the Dinamo Arena in Tbilisi on May 27, 2016. The gig was one of the headline acts in Check in Georgia program involving dozens of entertainment events this year; Italian singer Eros Ramazzotti performed at the Tbilisi Sport Palace in April and the band Maroon 5 will play a gig in Georgia’s Black Sea resort town of Batumi on June 7.
Robbie’s next live outing will see him head to Georgia for the first time to help celebrate the country’s Independence Day next month. He’ll take to the stage at Tbilisi’s Dynamo Arena on 27 May to perform the greatest hits-heavy setlist seen on last year’s Let Me Entertain You Tour. Robbie’s show will sit alongside many more celebrations planned in the capital and throughout the country; tickets go on sale on 15 April at tkt.ge.
ROBBIE ANNOUNCES SHOW IN GEORGIA - robbiewilliams.com/video
Here's Robbie announcing his show in Tbilisi to celebrate Geogia's Independence Day on 27 May 2016.

OPERNSÄNGER PAATA BURCHULADZE FORMIERT NEUE OPPOSITIONSPARTEI
We no longer have to dream, we must act - Paata Burchuladze 28-05-2016, rustavi2.com 
The new political movement State for People is holding the first congress . Party supporters gathered at the Sports Palace. Paata Burchuladze addressed the participants and said that "we no longer have to dream, we must act." Paata Burchuladze, the leader of a new political force, said his party will fight for coming to power and to fight had started.
Merab Metreveli joins Paata Burchuladze"s party - 16-05-2016, rustavi2.com
Paata Burchuladze presented a new member of his political movement today. Merab Metreveli, a journalist has joined the party " State for people". " Earlier there was no political forces ,with whom I could implement ideas. When Paata Buchulade offered me to join, it was easier to take decision,"- said Merab Metreveli.
"The State for people,"- Paata Burchuladze"s public movement turned into a political party and gets ready for elections. Paata Burchuladze and his teammates do not speak about the new team and political partners. 
Different political forces commented on Paata Burchuladze"s political ambitions. Ruling Party members disapprove Paata Burchuladze"s political experience and electoral . Parliamentary opposition expects that a political competition will increase . Non-parliamentary opposition predicts Bdizina Ivanishvili"s fate to Paata Burchuladze.
Operatic bass Paata Burchuladze announced on Thursday about launching political party, the State for the People, which, he said, will win a “solid” representation in the Parliament to be elected in the October 8 elections.
His announcement about going into politics came as no surprise. In late November Burchuladze, 61, launched the Georgian Development Foundation, and although he has remained noncommittal about political plans up until now, Burchuladze has been travelling in the regions since January, opening there branch offices of his foundation and meeting locals in campaign-style events. “The country is in such a state now, which forced me to quit my career and my sweet life in order to lead the political party,” said Burchuladze, whose operatic career spanned more than 35 years. In a written statement earlier on May 12, he said in an apparent reference to billionaire ex-PM Bidzina Ivanishvili: “We do not want the country to have an informal ruler and to live according to his taste, in the world created according to his taste.” “Under the incumbent government, we have received the country which does not know what it wants,” said Burchuladze, who has been involved in charity work for children through his Iavnana foundation for over a decade. “The task is the following: we should change politics itself and we will have a chance to change the country… There is no place for either ignorant or dishonest people in the politics; they may still remain in the politics, but let’s try to make them minority,” he said, adding that he wants Georgia to become “a member of the European family.” In one of the recent publicly available public opinion surveys, Burchuladze’s movement polled third after GDDG ruling party and opposition UNM. Asked about Burchuladze’s decision to go into politics, PM Giorgi Kvirikashvili, who is set to become chairman of the ruling GDDG party later this week, said that “the more political players are out there, the more competitive the environment will be.” “But I think that the Georgian Dream is unrivaled and has a serious advantage, which will be confirmed in the elections,” PM Kvirikashvili said.
"The situation in the judiciay is beyond criticism," - David Jandieri - 05-05-2016, rustavi2.com 
Paata Burchuladze Development Fund presented their vision of the Judicial reform to the third Sector. Afterwards, the bill will be initiated in the Parliament in the near future. Fund officials believe that the Council of Justice is unacceptable and has no confidence from the civil society. According to them, the work of the Council should be transparent. "The situation in the court is beyond criticism. The created situation does not allow for optimistic conclusions. The government is using the judiciary for their own purposes. So, we decided to meet with the non-governmental sector to introduce the draft law of the Development Fund , the purpose of which is not to allow the High Council of Justice to make decisions on the basis of deals and secure ordinary judicial independence", - said David Jandieri.
A movement, established by operatic bass Paata Burchuladze, which is expected to turn into a political party ahead of the October parliamentary elections, emerged not too far behind from GDDG and UNM in a poll commissioned by the International Republican Institute (IRI) and fielded in March. The survey was fielded by Institute of Polling & Marketing (IPM) on March 12-April 2. GD ruling coalition announced on March 31 that its members (GDDG; Republican Party; Conservative Party; Industrialists, and National Forum) would no longer run under the joint ticket in the upcoming elections. On a question “if the parties were to participate independent of coalitions, who would you vote for”, 12% named Burchuladze’s Georgian Development Foundation, after Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia (GDDG) – 19%, and United National Movement (UNM) – 18%. Irakli Alasania’s Free Democrats party was named by 11%, followed by Labor Party – 8%; Alliance of Patriots – 4%; Nino Burjanadze’s Democratic Movement – 3%, and Republican Party – 1%. 14% did not know and 9% said they would vote for none of the party. Burchuladze, whose operatic career spans over 35 years, has launched Georgian Development Foundation late last year. Burchuladze, who has been involved in charity work for children through his Iavnana foundation for over a decade, did not rule out going into politics when he announced about his new foundation in late November. He has been traveling in the regions, opening there branch offices of his foundation and meeting locals since January in events reminiscent to political campaigning. Local branches of the movement were opened in more than dozen of localities across the country over the past three months. Burchuladze says that these efforts aim at “elaborating together with people a plan for overcoming the crisis existing in the country.” While remaining noncommittal about his own political plans, he often speaks about prevailing “hopelessness” among the people and his attempt to “give people glimmer of hope and to get Georgia on right track”. He also speaks about the need of “proper management and governance for the country.” Key members of his movement make frequent televised appearances, commenting on current affairs and criticizing government’s policies as “aimless, passive and inefficient.” Burchuladze has visited Washington D.C. at least twice since March, and his representatives traveled to Brussels for meetings with some MEPs. IRI-commissioned survey also examines favorability rating of politicians and public figures, where Burchuladze leads with 75%; his unfavorable rating stood at 17%. He was followed by Healthcare Minister Davit Sergeenko with 64%, whose unfavorable rating was at 26%. FD opposition party leader Irakli Alasania and President Giorgi Margvelashvili had 60% favorable rating each with their unfavorable rating at 35% each. PM Giorgi Kvirikashvili’s favorable rating stood at 56% and unfavorable – 32%. Leader of the UNM parliamentary minority group MP Davit Bakradze’s favorable rating was at 54% and unfavorable – 40%. 70% of surveyed said things in Georgia were going in the “wrong direction”, up from 55% in February, 2015. 1,500 respondents were interviewed in the survey, which was funded by USAID; it has margin of error plus/minus 2.5%.
"Free media is still under threat", - Paata Burchuladze on Rustavi 2 - 26-04-2016, rustavi2.com
"Paata Burchuladze - Development Fund of Georgia " has issued a statement on the Rustavi 2 case. The statement says that a few years after the change of Government, free media is still under the threat. "Unfortunately, the developments around Rustavi 2 case raise serious doubts that the case is politically motivated. A number of international and local non-governmental organization are concerned about developments around Rustavi 2 TV . "Paata Burchuladze - Development Fund of Georgia" joins these concerns and supports the broadcasting company and its all journalists employed and employees ", - the letter says. "Paata Burchuladze - Development Fund of Georgia" has called on the government to stop controlling the court. The Fundhas also called on the Court not to interfere in the political insinuations in order not to cast shadow on the court"s independence and reputation. "In case of the government`s interference and immature actions the damage is inflicted not only to the " Rustavi 2 TV company`s"editorial independence and financial situation, but it may have irreparable repercussions on the future of our country, its Euro-Atlantic integration process and the officially declared western course," reads the letter .
"Together we are Georgia" - live chain organized under this slogan - 10-04-2016, rustavi2.com
"Together we are Georgia" - under the slogan Paata Burchuladze`s Fund organized a human chain. Dressed in national clothes from different ethnic groups living in Georgia .partcipants formes a life chain from Juma mosque-to-Surb Gevork cathedral and a synagogue up to the karavasla Historic Museum. In the framework of event , Paata Burchuladze visited various temples and met with .religious groups clerics. Paata Burchuladze addressed the particpants with a speech.
On Christmas Eve Paata Burchuladze visited Kote Tedeev`s 6-member family who are IDPs from the occupied Achabeti. The founder of the Foundation for Development of Georgiaalso visited the Sunday school in the village of Nikozi, which was built with the help of foreign partners after 2008 war. Paata Burchuladze attended Christmas sermon at the Deity Church near the occupation line.
Paata Burchuladze criticizes the government"s economic policy at the "Development Fund" presentation - 24-12-2015, rustavi2.comToday, Paata Burchuladze presented his new Development Fund. Although Burchuladze announced the Development Fund as a non-political organization, the first main message had a very different direction. The top opera-singer does not like the government"s economic policy. Beside the economic problems, the foundation members talk on the political crisis in the country. Because of this, new team is planning to consult with the political subjects. At this moment, the members did not specify when the party is scheduled to be remodeled. It is possible that happens before the parliamentary elections.


GEORGISCHE UND DEUTSCHE FRAUEN-POWER ? - GEORGIAN AND GERMAN WOMAN POWER ?
Wo die Männer nur Statisten sind (Einspruch von georgien-nachrichten.com: Wo die Männer als Tamadas sehr beschäftigt sind): ... Mit den Georgiern ist es so: Die Frauen sind alle wunderschön und unendlich gebildet, sie sprechen sanft, aber bestimmt, sie sind Institutsdirektorinnen, Filmwissenschaftlerinnen, Übersetzerinnen, Museumsleiterinnen und Schriftstellerinnen. Die Männer sind ... (Einspruch von georgien-nachrichten.com zum Artikel insgesamt: eine Reihung von höflichen Klischees ... als Vorbereitung für Georgien als Ehrengastland der Frankfurter Buchmesse im Jahr 2018 ... und der Abschnitt "Georgien ist ein halbwegs funktionierender demokratischer Staat ..." spart die "Undiszipliertheiten" und "Widersprüchlichkeiten" der aktuell Regierenden bezüglich der Mehr-Parteien-Demokratie aus ... )
Frauen und die Demonstration am 9. April 1989 - In Erinnerung an die 1989 in Tbilisi getöteten Frauen, die unter den 20 erschlagenen und vergasten Demonstranten für die georgische Unabhängigkeit waren:
Aza Adamiya (22), Eka Bezhanishvili (16), Nato Giorgadze (23), Tamuna Dolidze (28), Tina Enukidze (70), Nino Toidze (25), Zaire Kikvidze (86), Manana Loladze (33), Tamara Mamulashvili (50), Nana Samarguliani Nana (41), Marina Chkonia-Samarguliani (31), Eliso Chipashvili (25), Tamara Chovelidze (16), Mzia Dzhincharadze (40), Manana Melkadze (23), Natia Bashaleishvili (16), Verena Metreveli
Frische Luft, gesunde Ernährung und immer ein Tropfen rustikalen Weins ... in Georgien sind mit seinen 4,4 Millionen Einwohnern rund 1.000 Menschen älter als 100 Jahre ... Es geht um die Georgierin Antissa Chwitschawa, 8. Juli 1880 geboren. ...
"Salut Salon" ist ein Frauen-Quartett aus Hamburg, das Klassik auf Tour neu intoniert:

GEZIELTE AKTIONEN MIT GEWALTANWENDUNG GEGEN UNM-OPPOSITION BEI ZUGDIDI
A violent incident in the village of Kortskheli of Zugdidi municipality has “damaged significantly electoral environment,” chairperson of the Central Election Commission (CEC), Tamar Zhvania, said after polling stations closed in Sunday’s by-elections in number of single-mandate constituencies to fill vacant seats in local councils.
Some leaders and activists of the opposition UNM party were beaten by a group of supporters of the ruling GDDG party in a fistfight, which erupted outside a polling station in the village of Kortskheli in early Sunday afternoon.
Along with Zugdidi’s Kortskheli single-member district, by-elections are held in eight other single-member districts in various localities across the country to fill vacant seats in respective local councils (Sakrebulo). ...
President Giorgi Margvelashvili has condemned violence outside a polling station in the Zugdidi municipality in which some of the leaders and activists of the opposition UNM party were beaten by supporters of the ruling GDDG party. ...
UNM Leaders, Activists Beaten Outside Polling Station in Zugdidi During Local By-Election - 22.05.2016, civil.ge
Several leading figures from opposition UNM party and its activists were beaten during a fistfight that broke out close to a polling station in a village of Zugdidi municipality during by-election for a vacant seat in local council on Sunday.
International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED), whose observers are monitoring by-elections said: “A physical confrontation erupted between [ruling party] GDDG activists and UNM representatives close to the polling station No.53 in the Zugdidi municipality. [GDDG] activists were forcing UNM leaders – Giga Bokeria, Nika Melia, Tengiz Gunava and party’s other representatives, to leave the area adjacent to the polling station; UNM members refused, which was followed by confrontation.”
Television footage showed chaotic scenes in the village of Kortskheli with dozens of people scuffling; in one scene UNM’s Nika Melia was seen being beaten by several men and in another scene Bokeria was punched in the face and knocked on the ground as his supporters were helping him to stand up. ...

RUSSISCH BESETZTES ABCHASIEN - SOLDAT ERSCHIESST AN GRENZE GEORGIER
Giga Otkhozoriaand wurde an der Grenze auf der abchasischen Seite von einem russischen Soldaten an helllichtem Tage vor vielen umstehenden Augenzeugen mit mehreren Schüssen verletzt, zuletzt am Boden liegend mit einem Kopfschuss getötet. Der Tatablauf wurde durch Videokameras festgehaltenVideo mit Tatblauf ab 0:45
1.05.2016, civil.ge
Military prosecution service in breakaway Abkhazia said it has filed murder charges against an Abkhaz border guard serviceman, suspected of killing a Georgian citizen on May 19. ...
Khurcha murder fixed by surveillance camera - 20.05.2016, rustavi2.com
Khurcha murder was fixed by the security surveillance camera installed at the so-called Checkpoint. The video showed how the military occupation regime servicemen cross the Georgian-controlled territory and at first physical abuse Giga Otkhozoriaand then shoot several times. The camera also fixed the last control shot in the head. After that, the soldiers leave the place and return to the so-called border check point. This video has been removed by Georgian law enforcers. The footage was showed to witnesses for identification of the murder suspects.
A local Georgian citizen was shot dead in the Georgian-controlled village of Khurcha at one of the crossing points between breakaway Abkhazia and rest of Georgia on May 19 by armed men, who reportedly came from the Abkhaz side of the administrative border.
The Georgian PM condemned the fatal shooting as an attempt “to obstruct the ongoing processes” of reconciliation and the Georgian Foreign Ministry said Russia as the “power in effective control” of Abkhazia is responsible. The Russian Foreign Ministry dismissed the allegation as Tbilisi’s “usual propaganda exercise on the topic of ‘Russian occupation’.”
The EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM), which has unarmed monitors on the ground without being able to access the breakaway region, said that the fatal shooting occurred at the Khurcha-Nabakevi crossing point.
“According to a preliminary assessment based on local witnesses, armed security actors from the Abkhaz side of the bridge crossed over to Tbilisi Administered Territory and carried out the shooting. EUMM has activated the hotline and is facilitating the exchange of information. We have been informed that the investigation is ongoing on the both sides of the Administrative Boundary Line,” the EUMM said on May 20.
The Georgian State Security Service, which “condemned” the fatal shooting, said that Giga Otkhozoria was shot to death by “four armed persons” at about 2:30pm local time on May 19 in the village of Khurcha. Otkhozoria had several gunshot wounds, including one to the head, according to a doctor in a hospital in nearby town of Zugdidi.
There were conflicting reports in the Georgian media about the circumstances of the fatal shooting; some reports said that Otkhozoria was shot dead by the Abkhaz border guards and in some reports perpetrators were described as Russian border guards. Some relatives of the victim said that the shooting was preceded by a verbal argument between the man and those manning the crossing point. 
Chief prosecutor of breakaway Abkhazia, Alexey Lolua, told Russian news agency TASS on May 20 that the incident occurred at the crossing point when two men tried to entered into Abkhazia without having proper documents; he claimed that one of the men “threatened” border guards and engaged in a brawl with them. 
The Georgian State Security Service did not identify “four armed persons” either as Abkhaz or Russian security forces and declined to comment beyond its brief written statement.
Although the Georgian Foreign Ministry did not say in its statement that the Russian border guards were involved in the shooting, it said that the responsibility for fatal shooting lies upon the Russian side because it is “in effective control of the region.”
“This criminal act once again demonstrates the highly alarming situation in the occupied region of Abkhazia, Georgia and the full responsibility for it lies with the Russian Federation as with the power in effective control of the region,” the Georgian Foreign Ministry said.
“The abovementioned criminal act reaffirms the need of establishing international security mechanisms in the occupied Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region,” it added. “The Georgian side will apply all existing international mechanisms to ensure both political and legal response and to bring those responsible for the crime to justice.”
Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Davit Dondua said he spoke by the phone with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin on May 19 over the issue; both are negotiators in the Geneva talks, which were launched after the August, 2008 war.
President Giorgi Margvelashvili said on May 20: “The murder in Khurcha means that one more person has fallen victim to occupation.”
In a statement on May 20 the Russian Foreign Ministry said Russian forces had nothing to do with this incident.
“The Georgian MFA used this case for its usual propaganda exercise on the topic of ‘Russian occupation’ even though the Georgian side knew very well that neither border guard troops nor any other Russian representative had anything to do with this incident,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said, adding that the fatal shooting is a source of “sincere regret.”
“Instead of political speculation over tragic death of a person, we recommend the Georgian side to focus on restoration of Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism in the area of the Georgian-Abkhaz border in the town of Gali,” it said, adding that “anti-Russian attacks” of Tbilisi do not contribute to restoration of this mechanism, restart of which was agreed at the recent round of the Geneva talks in March.
PM Giorgi Kvirikashvili told journalists on May 20: “It is an appalling fact, a huge tragedy that a person was killed mercilessly on the territory controlled by the Georgian side. It is even a greater tragedy as it is an attempt to obstruct the ongoing processes [of reconciliation] – we are taking certain steps to restore trust between Georgians and Abkhazians, Georgians and Ossetians.”
“I believe that the perpetrator will be punished very strictly. We will involve all our international partners in this case and we will definitely bring it to the end to ensure that the person who committed this terrible crime does not remain unpunished: the PM said.
“I express hope that Abkhazians will view this case as a direct provocation against the processes [of reconciliation]. Although we don’t have a great progress from political point of view, but we do have some progress in people-to-people relations and there is a certain warming; I wish that this progress to continue and that’s why it is extremely important to punish the perpetrators very strictly” he added. 
The Georgian State Ministry for Reconciliation and Civic Equality said in a statement on May 20, that the fatal shooting “is a serious challenge to peaceful policy the Georgian government has been pursuing over the past four years.” 
“Such cases have to be unequivocally condemned by all the parties. We do hope that power exercising effective control on the territory of Abkhazia will have a serious reaction to this case in order to eradicate re-occurrence of similar cases in the future, which undermine Georgian-Abkhaz peaceful political process,” it said.  
The EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM) has urged for a prompt and thorough investigation of the case and also called “on all sides to refrain from any actions that could potentially escalate the situation.”
“The incident as such provides additional urgency for the swift resumption of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism in Gali,” EUMM said.
A small group of protesters gathered on May 20 outside the government headquarters in Tbilisi criticizing Georgian authorities’ reaction to the fatal shooting, specifically the State Security Service’s statement, and saying that instead of making statements of condemnation the agency should be providing security on its controlled territory. Similar criticism was voiced at a separate protest rally, which was held on the same day by activists from the UNM opposition party outside the State Security Service.

GEORGISCHER MINISTERPRÄSIDENT IN BERLIN - Mittwoch, 15. Juni 2016
Deutschland und Georgien wollen ihre wirtschaftlichen Kontakte weiter ausbauen, sagte Bundeskanzlerin Merkel nach ihrem Gespräch mit Ministerpräsident Kwirikaschwili im Kanzleramt. Die Kanzlerin wünscht sich zudem eine rasche Umsetzung der Visa-Liberalisierung mit Georgien.
Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel empfängt den georgischen Ministerpräsidenten Giorgi Kwirikaschwili.
Antrittsbesuch in Berlin: Bundeskanzlerin Merkel empfängt den georgischen Ministerpräsidenten Kwirikaschwili.
Foto: Bundesregierung/Kugler
Beim Antrittsbesuch des georgischen Ministerpräsidenten Giorgi Kwirikaschwili in Berlin hob Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel die sehr intensiven deutsch-georgischen Beziehungen hervor. "Im 25. Jahr der georgischen Unabhängigkeit haben die freundschaftlichen gegenseitigen Beziehungen zwischen unseren Ländern unser Gespräch geprägt", betonte die Kanzlerin.
Der georgische Ministerpräsident bedankte sich für die tatkräftige Unterstützung Deutschlands und erklärte: "Die deutsch-georgischen Beziehungen haben gerade in den letzten Jahren eine neue Qualität bekommen."
Wirtschaftsbeziehungen intensivieren
Merkel lobte die jüngsten ökonomischen Reformen und die Liberalisierung der Wirtschaft in Georgien: "Dies ist eine herausragende Grundlage dafür, dass sich die wirtschaftlichen Kontakte mit deutschen Unternehmen intensivieren. Im Baubereich haben wir zwar bereits recht enge Kontakte, aber wir können das auf eine noch breitere Basis stellen", betonte die Kanzlerin.
Es werde in Deutschland noch nicht hinreichend beachtet, welche großen Fortschritte Georgien in den letzten Jahren gemacht habe, gerade was internationale Wettbewerbsfähigkeit und Transparenz anbelangt.
Kwirikaschwili, der am Morgen bereits ein deutsch-georgisches Wirtschaftsforum eröffnet hatte, erklärte: "An dem Forum haben 150 Firmen und Unternehmern teilgenommen. Das ist ein gutes Zeichen dafür, dass unsere Wirtschaftsbeziehungen stärker werden." In Georgien seien bereit mehr als 300 deutsche Unternehmen tätig. "Ich glaube, das Potenzial ist noch sehr viel größer und kann noch ausgeschöpft werden", sagte er.
Deutschland ist der sechstgrößte Handelspartner Georgiens. Das deutsch-georgische Handelsvolumen lag 2015 bei 454 Millionen Euro. Zu den Importen aus Deutschland gehören vor allem Autos und Auto-Teile, Maschinen, chemische Erzeugnisse, Elektrotechnik und Nahrungsmittel. Georgien exportiert nach Deutschland vor allem Nahrungsmittel und Textilien.
Zusammenarbeit im internationalen Rahmen
Mit Blick auf das Assoziierungsabkommens mit der EU bekräftigte die Kanzlerin, das Abkommen habe dazu beigetragen, dass die Wirtschaftskontakte zwischen Georgien und den Mitgliedstaaten der EU gewachsen seien. Es sei erfreulich, dass Georgien gleichzeitig im Verhältnis zu Russland eine pragmatische Haltung einnehme. Gleichzeitig betonte sie: "Wir treten weiterhin für die territoriale Integrität Georgiens ein." Dazu gehöre auch die Frage um Südossetien und Abchasien.
Der georgische Ministerpräsident hob seinerseits hervor, die deutsche Regierung habe seit 25 Jahren Georgiens Souveränität stets unterstützt. Er erklärte: "Deutschland und Georgien kämpfen gemeinsam für die Stabilität in der Region. Georgien ist ein kleines Land, aber wir stehen stolz neben der Europäischen Union und neben der Nato im Kampf gegen Terrorismus und zahlreichen anderen Operationen." Er versicherte, Georgien werde weiterhin an der Demokratisierung und Europäisierung des Landes arbeiten.
Mit Blick auf Georgiens Streben nach einer Mitgliedschaft in der Nato dankte er der Bundesregierung für ihren Beitrag zum so genannten "Substantial Nato-Georgia Package". Die Kanzlerin hob auch die positive Rolle Georgiens bei den Genfer Gesprächen hervor, wo es um wichtige humanitäre Fragen geht.
Visa-Liberalisierung rasch umsetzen
Zur Frage der Visa-Liberalisierung habe die Europäische Kommission festgestellt, dass Georgien die Voraussetzungen für die Liberalisierung erfüllt hat, so Merkel. Nun müsse entschieden werden, wann die Georgier Visafreiheit bekämen. "Ich habe darauf hingewiesen, dass diese Frage im Zusammenhang mit dem so genannten 'Snap-Back-Mechanismus' gesehen werden muss, damit schneller reagiert werden kann, wenn es große Schwierigkeiten geben sollte." Dies sei zum Beispiel der Fall, wenn viele Bürgerinnen und Bürger in einem Land mit Visa-Freiheit in Deutschland Asylanträge stellen.
Der Aussetzungsmechanismus liege derzeit zur Entscheidung dem europäischen Parlament vor. "Ich gehe davon aus, dass wir bei der Frage Visa-Liberalisierung für Bürgerinnen und Bürger aus Georgien zeitnah abstimmen können", sagte Merkel.
Der georgische Ministerpräsident betonte die Bedeutung der Visaliberalisierung für die georgisch-europäischen Beziehungen: "Im Rahmen des Freihandelsabkommens und des Assoziierungsabkommens mit der EU ist die Frage der Visa-Liberalisierung für die Bürger Georgiens ein wichtiger Meilenstein."
Als erstes Land der Europäischen Gemeinschaft hat die Bundesregierung Georgien nach der Unabhängigkeit 1991 am 23. März 1992 völkerrechtlich anerkannt. Nach der Aufnahme diplomatischer Beziehungen im April 1992 eröffnete Deutschland in Georgien als erster Staat eine Botschaft.
Bilaterale Kooperationen verstärken
Im Rahmen der bilateralen Beziehungen kündigte die Bundeskanzlerin an, dass es 2017 das deutsch-georgische Freundschaftsjahr gibt und Georgien 2018 als Gastland auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse teilnimmt. "Das wird vielen Menschen in Deutschland die Möglichkeit geben, die georgische Kultur und georgische Schriftsteller besser kennenzulernen", sagte sie.
Kwirikaschwili betonte: "Wir schätzen Ihre Unterstützung im Bildungswesen sehr." Erstaunlich viele Georgier kämen jährlich nach Deutschland, um mit Unterstützung von deutschen Stiftungen in Deutschland zu studieren und zu forschen.
Zur Vertiefung der Zusammenarbeit im Bereich der Berufsbildung erklärte er: " Für uns ist die Rolle Deutschlands die eines Vorreiters". Deshalb werde noch heute zwischen den Bildungsministerien beider Länder ein Memorandum unterzeichnet, das Georgien helfen werde, die Reformen durchzusetzen. Am Nachmittag wird eine Absichtserklärung beider Länder zum künftigen Dialog in Berufsbildungsfragen unterzeichnet.
In Berlin wird der georgische Ministerpräsident auch Außenminister Frank-Walter Steinmeier zu einem Gespräch treffen und an einer Veranstaltung zum 25. Jahrestag der Unabhängigkeit Georgiens teilnehmen.

Georgisch-deutscher Kulturpreis 2016 geht an Nino Haratischwili - April 2016, dvv-international.de
Die Georgierin schreibt sich in deutscher Sprache in die Herzen ihres Publikums. DVV International und das Goethe-Institut zeichnen sie für ihre Verdienste um die Kulturbeziehungen zwischen den beiden Ländern aus.
Zum vierten Mal verleihen das Goethe-Institut und der DVV International 2016 den nach dem deutsch-georgischen Schriftsteller Giwi Margwelaschwili benannten Preis für Verdienste um die Kulturbeziehungen zwischen Deutschland und Georgien - diesmal an die Schriftstellerin Nino Haratischwili. Ihr ist es - vor allem mit ihrem von Kritik und Publikum gefeierten Bestseller „Das achte Leben (Für Brilka)“ - gelungen, Georgien und die georgische Geschichte auf die innere Landkarte zehntausender Leser in Deutschland zu setzen. 
Die Preisverleihung findet am 8. Mai 2016 um 17.00 Uhr im Micheil Tumanischwili-Theater in Tbilissi (Agmaschenebeli Prosp. 164) statt, verbunden mit einer deutsch-georgischen Uraufführung des Theaterstücks „Zorn“ von Nino Haratischwili durch das Tumanischwili-Theater und das Freiburger Theater. Die Laudatio hält der georgische Theaterautor Davit Gabunia.
Die Autorin setzt sich auf allen Ebenen für die deutsch-georgischen Kulturbeziehungen ein
Nino Haratischwili schrieb schon als Schülerin Stücke und inszenierte sie mit einer deutsch-georgischen Jugendtheatergruppe. Nach einem Regiestudium in Tbilissi ging sie 2003 nach Deutschland, setzte ihre Studien an der Theaterakademie Hamburg fort und machte sich schnell als Regisseurin und Autorin einen Namen. Unter anderem wurde sie ausgezeichnet mit dem Adelbert-von-Chamisso-Förderpreis, dem Debütpreis des Buddenbrookhauses Lübeck, dem Preis der Hotlist der unabhängigen Verlage. 2015 erhielt sie den Literaturpreis des Kulturkreises der deutschen Wirtschaft sowie den prominenten Anna Seghers-Preis.
Neben ihrer Tätigkeit als Theaterautorin und Regisseurin in Deutschland engagiert sich Nino Haratischwili in vielfältiger Weise für die deutsch-georgischen Kulturbeziehungen - indem sie zum Beispiel die Vorbereitungen des georgischen Kulturministeriums für den Auftritt des Landes als Gastland der Frankfurter Buchmesse 2018 unterstützt und an den Planungen der Außenministerien beider Länder für ein Deutsch-Georgisches Jahr 2017 teilnimmt. Sie reist regelmäßig zu Lesungen, Diskussionen, Gastregien und Ko-Produktionen nach Georgien, ist publizistisch in beiden Ländern tätig und eine zunehmend prominente Figur der Vermittlung und Verständigung zwischen den Kulturen Georgiens und Deutschlands.

29 million lari - world performers concerts will be mainly state-funded: A new large-scale project begins in Georgia. Eros ramazoti, Robbie Williams, Maroon 5 and Jose Carreras will arrive in Georgia within the governmental project "Check in Georgia".
The main part of the expenditures,29 million lari will be allocated from the reserve fund. However, as officials say they are negotiating with individuals in terms of co-financing the project.
Eros Ramazoti will hold a concert on April 24 at the Sports Palace , the concert of Robbie Williams is scheduled for May 27 on the Dinamo stadium, Maroon 5` concert will be held on June 7 in Batumi and the Jose Carrera`s - on June 18 in Kutaisi.
The project "Сheck in Georgia" was presented by the Economy and Culture ministers and the National Tourism Department.
Within the project, 25 concerts will be held in 19 cities in a year. The local show-business representatives will also participate.
Government representatives explained that Georgia will use this project to promote the country and attract tourists.


Exkurs - Wahlen in deutschen Landtagen - Super Sunday >>  

KÜRZER ÜBERBLICK ÜBER DIE WAHLEN - SHORT SURVEY TO THE ELECTIONS
14. März 2016 - Die internationale Presseschau - deutschlandfunk.de
Herausragendes Thema in den ausländischen Zeitungen sind die drei Landtagswahlen in Rheinland-Pfalz, Baden-Württemberg und Sachsen-Anhalt sowie das starke Ergebnis der AfD.
Portal Landtagswahlen 2016
Sachsen-Anhalt Alle Zahlen auf einen Blick (zum Vergleich Prognose)
Baden-Württemberg Alle Zahlen auf einen Blick (zum Vergleich Prognose)
Rheinland-Pfalz Alle Zahlen auf einen Blick (zum Vergleich Prognose)
Hans-Peter Uhl (CSU) "Aufgewühlt, polarisiert und teils radikalisiert"
Reaktionen auf die Wahlen Nachdenken statt Feiern
Landtagswahlen Die durchgerüttelte Republik
Prognose zur Regierungsbildung - 14.03.2015, georgien-nachrichten.com
Sachsen-Anhalt - CDU / SPD / Gründer oder unwahrscheinlicher CDU / AfD
Baden-Württemberg - Deutschland-Koalition CDU / SPD / FDP oder Grüne / CDU
Rheinland-Pfalz - SPD / Grüne / FDP
EU Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs, Dimitris Avramopoulos , speaks about Georgia visa liberalisation during a news conference in Brussels, March 9, 2016. Photo: EU Audiovisual Service
It may take about “three or four months” before the European Parliament and the EU member states decide on the European Commission’s proposal to lift visa requirement for Georgian citizens, EU Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs, Dimitris Avramopoulos, said.
The European Commission put forth a legislative proposal to allow visa-free travel to the Schengen area for Georgian citizens on March 9.
Before it can go into force, the proposal has to be approved by the European Parliament and the Council of European Union, a body representing the executive governments of the EU member states.
Speaking at a news conference in Brussels, Commissioner Avramopoulos expressed hope that the European Parliament and Council of the EU will adopt the proposal “soon.”
Asked when the process is expected to be finalized, Avramopoulos said: “Hopefully everything will be ready in the beginning of the summer.”
He said that “it takes approximately three or four months” for the European Parliament and the Council of the EU to decide.
“We’ve just launched the procedure and I believe that within this timeline we shall be ready,” Avramopoulos added.
He also said that announcement on putting forth the legislative proposal “is not a surprise as we already gave our positive assessment in December when we confirmed that Georgia met all the benchmarks under the visa liberalisation action plan.”
“We are able to take this step thanks to the real strong efforts made by the government of Georgia to arrive at this point,” the Commissioner said.
“Visa free travel will further facilitate people-to-people contacts and strengthen business, social and cultural ties between the European Union and Georgia – it is an important achievement for the citizens of Georgia,” he said.

FORTSETZUNGSGESCHICHTE: AUFARBEITUNG DES 2008-KRIEGES BEIM INT. CRIME COURT ICC
Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili met on the sideline of the Munich Security Conference on February 13 with Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, who is investigating August 2008 war.
In late January the Hague-based court authorized its prosecutor to open investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in the lead up to, during, and after the August, 2008 war in Georgia. ...
Georgia welcomed the ICC’s decision to open the investigation; Russia criticized it.
Georgia, as a state party to the Rome Statute through which the ICC was established, is obligated to fully cooperate with ICC – something that does not apply to Russia, because it is not an ICC member.

President Giorgi Margvelashvili, accompanied by U.S. and EU ambassadors to Georgia, visited Pankisi gorge on January 30.
When at a meeting with locals in the village of Duisi, the President was asked from the audience about Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s recent allegation that Pankisi gorge was used by Islamic State fighters for training, Margvelashvili responded smiling: “Why not invite Mr. Lavrov here?” A local resident who asked the question responded: “Why not, let him come and see with his own eyes that nothing special is happening here.”
Asked later by journalist on the same issue, President Margvelashvili responded that he’s not even going to comment on those remarks of Lavrov.
“I am here with the EU and U.S. ambassadors, as well as with journalists and you can see with your own eyes how calm [the situation] is,” the President said. “Problems here are similar to those in other regions of the country – issues related to infrastructure, gasification have to be solved, there should be more employment opportunities for the youth.”
U.S. ambassador Ian Kelly told journalists in Pankisi: “I want to thank the President for inviting me to come along to this beautiful region of Georgia. I think you know that the United States really wants Georgia to succeed as a democracy, and I think that an inclusive society is a strong democracy.   And this is why we want to support the President in his visit to Duisi today.”
Asked about the Russian Foreign Minister’s allegations, he said: “The Prime Minister has stated unequivocally that there are no training centers for terrorists here in the Pankisi Gorge and you have heard the President repeat that. And we of course cooperate very closely with Georgia in the fight against terrorism, and I take their words at face value. There are no training camps for terrorists in the Pankisi Gorge.”
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Russia is “disappointed” by decision of the International Criminal Court (ICC) judges to agree with the submission made by the ICC Prosecutor to authorize investigation into August 2008 war, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. ...
Three-judge pre-trial chamber of The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) has given the ICC’s prosecutor go-ahead to investigate war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in the lead up to, during, and after the August, 2008 war in Georgia.
The decision comes slightly over three months after ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda filed a 160-page request asking judges to authorize opening of the investigation and detailing alleged crimes attributed to the Georgian, Russian and South Ossetian sides.
The investigation will cover a period from July 1, 2008 – over one month prior to the war’s start – to October 10, 2008, when Russia withdrew troops from the areas it was occupying in Georgia beyond breakaway South Ossetia. 
“After examining the [prosecutor’s] request and the supporting material, the [Pre-Trial] Chamber concluded that there is a reasonable basis to believe that crimes within the ICC’s jurisdiction have been committed in the situation in Georgia,” The Hague-based court said on January 27.
“Such crimes include crimes against humanity, such as murder, forcible transfer of population and persecution, and war crimes, such as attacks against the civilian population, wilful killing, intentionally directing attacks against peacekeepers, destruction of property and pillaging allegedly committed in the context of an international armed conflict between 1 July and 10 October 2008,” it said.
The ICC Prosecutor said in a statement that “the investigation will take as long as needed to gather the required evidence.”
In her request to open the investigation made in October 2015, ICC Prosecutor Bensouda identified the following crimes, which she “reasonably believes” fall under the jurisdiction of the ICC:
“Killings, forcible displacements and persecution of ethnic Georgian civilians, and destruction and pillaging of their property, by South Ossetian forces (with possible participation by Russian forces)”;
“Intentionally directing attacks against Georgian peacekeepers by South Ossetian forces; and against Russian peacekeepers by Georgian forces.”
ICC Prosecutor’s request to the judges was also accompanied by a confidential annex, which included a list of “persons or groups that appear to be the most responsible for the most serious crimes, with an indication of their specific role.”
Few days after requesting opening the investigation ICC Prosecutor Bensouda visited Tbilisi in mid-October 2015 and met the Georgian Justice Minister and Chief Prosecutor, as well as representatives of those Tbilisi-based human rights groups, which in 2009 compiled a report detailing violations of fundamental rights and international humanitarian law during the August war, and which have been cooperating with and providing information to the ICC prosecutor’s office throughout its preliminary examination of the case.  
It will be ICC’s first investigation into the situation outside Africa.
Although Russia is not a party to the Rome Statute, which established the ICC, the Hague-based Court’s has a jurisdiction to investigate Russian nationals as well because alleged crimes in question were committed on the territory of Georgia, which is a member of ICC.
Georgia, as a state party to the Rome Statute, will be obligated to fully cooperate with ICC – something that will not apply to Russia, because it is not an ICC member.
Human Rights Watch, which in early 2009 released a report on humanitarian law violations during the August 2008 war, welcomed ICC judges’ decision to authorize launch of investigation.
“An ICC investigation will restart justice efforts for victims,” said Elizabeth Evenson, senior international justice counsel at Human Rights Watch. “It’s been more than seven years since the war ended, but neither Georgia nor Russia has held to account those responsible for unlawful civilian killings, looting, and torching of homes.”

Georgia’s score in Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perception Index (CPI) has remained unchanged. In the 2015 CPI, released by the anti-corruption watchdog on January 27, Georgia’s score is 52, same as in 2014. CPI ranks countries based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be and it scores countries on a scale from 0 – perceived to be highly corrupt, to 100 – perceived to be very clean. Georgia’s CPI score was 52 in 2012, 49 in 2013 and 52 again in 2014 and 2015. ...

The European Parliament adopted on January 21 resolution on implementation of Association Agreements and deep and comprehensive free trade treaties with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The resolution, which was preceded by debates a day earlier, acknowledges the European aspirations of the three countries and calls on them to pursue reforms. Specifically on Georgia, the resolution welcomes the progress made in reforms envisaged by the visa liberalisation action plan with the EU and “commends the commitment shown in this regard by the Georgian authorities.” ...

EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, told members of the European Parliament on January 20 that Georgia has made “impressive” progress in reforms, “beyond benchmarks” set in visa liberalisation action plan with the EU. The result of these reforms, he said, was the European Commission’s positive report in December on implementation of the visa liberalisation action plan and the Commission will now press ahead with legislative proposal to the EU-member states and the European Parliament to achieve visa waiver for Georgian citizens in the Schengen zone “as soon as possible.” ...

The National Bank of Georgia (NBG) sold USD 20 million at a foreign currency auction on January 12 to support the national currency lari (GEL). GEL was trading at about 2.415-2.42 per U.S. dollar on January 12, compared to 2.419-2.425 a day earlier. GEL has lost 28.3% of its value against U.S. dollar since last year’s January and 0.8% since the beginning of this year. ...

The Georgian State Security Service said on Monday that it arrested three men while trying to sell radioactive substance Cesium-137. The three men, identified as Mirian B., born in 1979; Konstantine B., born in 1971, and Ioseb Ch., born in 1976, were arrested while trying to sell Cs-137 for USD 100,000, according to the security agency. ...

Chief prosecutor of the breakaway South Ossetia, Merab Chigoev, died after he was struck by a car while crossing street in Tskhinvali on January 9, according to the breakaway region’s interior ministry. Initially Russian and local media sources reported citing a witness that the driver ran from the scene, but later the same media sources reported citing breakaway region’s interior ministry that the driver did not try to flee and was arrested on the scene; he was identified as Soslan Tedeev, a 33-year-old resident of Tskhinvali. The incident does not appear to be treated by the law enforcement agencies of the breakaway region as an intentional act.  ... 
Annual Inflation 4.9% in December -  04.01.2016, civil.ge, Source: Geostat
Georgia’s annual inflation slowed to 4.9% in December, compared to 6.3% in November, according to figures released by the state statistics service, Geostat, on Monday. ...

President, PM’s New Year Addresses - 01.01.2016, civil.ge
In their New Year messages President Giorgi Margvelashvili and new PM Giorgi Kvirikashvili have both mentioned “freedom” and “free citizens”, spoke of “new step” and “new reality” for 2016 and addressed residents of breakaway Abkhazia and South Ossetia. ...
... Noting that 2016 will mark 25th anniversary of restoration of Georgia’s independence, President Margvelashvili said: “We should turn independence, that we have gained, into freedom. Freedom means to be what we are – to be talented and special that we are. Freedom means to forget strife that we had, to forget mistakes that we made. Freedom means to love each other and make Georgia the country our ancestors were dreaming of. Today we are celebrating launch of this epoch and of this new step.” ...
... Primeminister Kvirikashvili“I want to congratulate especially the youth. 2016 will be the year of your success. You have the greatest potential and we will support all of your initiatives and ideas. I believe that strength of Georgia depends on your success,” ...

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