Opinion

Not surprisingly, the recent NATO summit in Wales has dominated headlines in the Georgian press. Unlike in previous years, officials in Tbilisi stuck to promises that Georgia was primed to receive something “better than a MAP.” Russia’s involvement in shaping a “frozen conflict” in Ukraine only raised expectations that the alliance would offer Georgia greater integration. More importantly, however, Moscow’s new “deniable warfare” has prompted NATO members to finally follow their own rules - devote at least 2% of their countries’ GDP for their militaries - and not rely solely on Article 5. Ukraine’s fate notwithstanding, Russia’s recent aggression may be a blessing in disguise for Georgia’s security: a wakeup call within NATO and the realization that words of assurance continue to have zero value.

The FINANCIAL -- As with previous columns, this week I assess the mood of citizens in the Eastern Partnership countries, but with a particular focus on personal life. Two years and running, the EU Neighbourhood Barometer survey measures participant countries based on a number of indicators that are linked to people’s general satisfaction with life and economic aspects both on the personal level and global level.

The FINANCIAL -- From December 2013 to January 2014, a consortium composed of TNS Opinion SA, Kantar Media SA, Particip GmbH and GORBI conducted the autumn 2013 EU Neighbourhood Barometer as part of the “ENPI Regional Communication Programme 2011-2013: Opinion polling and media monitoring,” on behalf of the European Commission’s Development and Cooperation Office, Europe Aid (Unit F4).

The FINANCIAL -- From December 2013 to January 2014, a consortium composed of TNS Opinion SA, Kantar Media SA, Particip GmbH and GORBI conducted the autumn 2013 EU Neighbourhood Barometer as part of the “ENPI Regional Communication Programme 2011-2013: Opinion polling and media monitoring,” on behalf of the European Commission’s Development and Cooperation Office, Europe Aid (Unit F4).

The FINANCIAL -- The conclusion of the Association Agreement (AA) with the European Union was euphorically acclaimed by Georgian media as well as political and economic decision makers. Part of the AA is the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA).

The FINANCIAL -- Until recently, Coca Cola was the only manmade product with the greatest reach across our planet. No matter the political regime, religion or the distance from the nearest bottling factory, the product would be there, even in countries lacking the most basic infrastructure. However, thanks to new electronic gadgets and increasing internet access– Facebook is taking the lead as the world’s most consumable manmade product.

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