Comment on Georgia’s policies towards EU/NATO
12 June, 2014
Comment on Georgia’s policies towards EU/NATO
The following is a letter I have just received. I read it and I could not help sending it to GJ which was going to come off the press in just a couple of hours – as is! You see, even some of the real McCoy Westerners think other than our current policy makers, saying nothing about the dissenting Georgians. I did not even change a comma in Edna Fortescue’s comment. And trust me – this lady is one of
the greatest, most sincere and most dedicated friends of Georgia. Edna will only say about this nation what she truly believes and she will only do it with love and care.

Dear Mr. Ruhadze
I am a British citizen with a home in Tbilisi. As an international public relations and marketing consultant, I am involved in helping to promote Georgia, working on a goodwill basis on projects based in Tbilisi but with an international audience. In the past I also specialized in political public relations. I am becoming concerned about Georgia’s increasingly desperate efforts to become part of the EU and NATO, notwithstanding the strong possibility that this will antagonize Russia. If you keep poking a stick at a big bear in your neighborhood he will bring a big paw down upon you when there is an opportunity. Surely the memory of 2008 is not forgotten, although the events which led to this confrontation have disappeared from the collective Georgian psyche. It has taken these intervening years to restore the vital trade links between the two countries, but now here we go again. Most Georgians are still desperately poor and need this trade which cannot easily be replaced, while posturing politicians seem unconcerned about the reality of life for most of the population. Potential investors are also wary about the attitude of Georgia to its powerful neighbor.
Certainly it has escaped the notice of your politicians that there is a groundswell of anti-EU opinion in Western Europe. This was strongly expressed in the recent elections for the European Parliament. The faceless Tsars in Brussels are in shock and do not know what to do. If the British Prime Minister is re-elected he has pledged to hold a referendum about getting out of the EU altogether. The French are emigrating from France to avoid the massive taxes now being levied upon them. The expanded European empire has caused a huge wave of resentment about poor countries being subsidized by the rich, of which now only Germany is financially viable. This has also led to a big anti-open-border campaign against immigrants from these impoverished EU countries, and the porous borders which allow even greater immigration.
From my own experience, the EU is a corrupt, extravagant bureaucracy whose faceless politicians are unknown to the EU citizens they are supposed to represent. They spend fortunes commuting between their two domains of Brussels and Strasbourg, paying themselves enormous salaries and making endless laws to gather power. There is a general feeling now in Western Europe that the EU experiment no longer works. This has erupted suddenly in strident outbursts against the EU. Meanwhile the United States, the main backer of NATO, is in debt to the tune of 17 TRILLION USD. This is a sum of money unimaginable to most of us. Eventually this will have to be repaid – probably by inflation, the subsequent devaluing of the USD and a possible alternative base currency. It is no wonder that President Obama is reluctant to enter any more confrontations and wars. The disasters of Iraq and Afghanistan have cost too much, and the intervention in Libya has produced total chaos.
In order to avoid more loss of American lives in their wars, NATO dangled the carrot of Georgia joining in to sacrifice young Georgians instead of Americans. The US equipped the Georgian army for this purpose. Originally US/Israel had similar ideas about militarily confronting Iran but Georgia’s wealthy neighbors did not support this, and fortunately the situation has calmed down. Georgia is now developing healthy relations with its neighbors to the east.
The idea of NATO ever coming to the rescue of Georgia in any situation is absurd. Nor will it allow Georgia - with its breakaway problems and turbulent background - to get inside with the delusion of support. Sadly this wonderful small country - which could be the Switzerland of the Caucasus - still wishes to punch above its own weight. The fiery Georgian temperament seems unable to balance emotion with pragmatic realism. When this happens -as forecast by an eminent neurobiologist who won the Nobel prize - the participants hurl themselves towards extinction.
Let us hope that Georgia’s politicians realize that a quiet, pragmatic approach to the problems is more realistic, and think very carefully before trying to rush into alliances of any kind.

Yours sincerely, Edna Fortescue, Managing Director, FT International
London, Tbilisi, Cape Town and the Caribbean
E-mail:; Telephone № in Georgia: 32 2 93 55 19

Other Stories
Three biggest animals in Tbilisi Zoo – Grand, Bacho and Begi
This week was very important for the Tbilisi Zoo staff – Grand elephant was operated and its tusk was removed by the South African doctors.
Georgian designers who participate in TBFW 2018
Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2018 kicks off tomorrow, on the 1st of November and will last for 5 days, until the 5th of November.
Tusk of elephant Grand successfully removed in Tbilisi Zoo
Surgery of the elephant Grand in Tbilisi zoo was successful and is over now. Elephant can walk now but specialists still observe its condition.
International fashion exponents meet Georgian designers MBFW Tbilisi
If you’re interested in fashion then you should definitely add a new event to your agenda. Namely Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tbilisi that takes place from 1 to 5th of November.
Maryam d'Abo - James Bond Girl with Georgian roots
Giorgi Kvinitadze was a commander-in-chief of the Democratic Republic of Georgia.
Elephant to undergo surgery in Tbilisi Zoo
The elephant Grand is about to undergo the hardest surgery today on the 31st of October.
Best places to celebrate Halloween in Tbilisi
Halloween is celebrated on the 31st of October. It evolved from the Celtic holiday of Samhain which took place at the beginning of winter.
Bera Ivanishvili and Nanuka Gudavadze to get marry on the 11th of November
Son of the richest person in Georgia Bera Ivanishvili and the Georgian model Nanuka Gudavadze plan to get married on the 11th of November.
8-year-old girl killed in Gori - suspected murderer detained
The man suspected of killing the 8-year-old girl (with the initials I.N.) was detained today, on the 26 of October.
Audrey Hepburn with Georgian Emmy Award winner
Some photos keep whole stories. Especially one that are taken with famous people.
New clip by Bera Ivanishvili - Time machine
The richest man in Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili is very much involved in politics, but we cannot say the same about his children, especially about Bera.
Olivia Wilde and Lea Michele in David Koma dresses
Recently, InStyle has organized the fourth annual InStyle Awards.
Gregory Pekk and Marcello Mastroianni and their friendship with Georgians
Leila Abashidze was a famous Georgian actress. She was sometimes referred to as "Mary Pickford of the USSR".
Georgian singer Sofia Nizharadze’s sexy outlooks
Sofia Nizharadze is a Georgian singer. She represented Georgia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 with the song "Shine reaching the 9th place.
Beautiful Georgian Model Tamta Shedania tells her story
The model of Elite Model Look Georgia (an international modeling contest) Tamta Shedania worked with various Asian and European modeling agencies.
Ghanaian Eudosia Andoh – Everyday life in Tbilisi in photos
Eudosia Andoh has been living in Tbilisi for three and half years and has been travelling in different parts of Georgia.
Tbilisi Fashion Week SS 2019 ended
Tbilisi Fashion Week SS 2019 came to an end. The event has been widely reported in the international press such as Vogue, Marie Claire, ELLE, Harper's Bazaar, etc.
Tbilisi Fashion Week continues – What’s new?
Tbilisi Fashion Week continues. Foreign tourists, designers, models and special guests attend the event.
The first day of the Tbilisi Fashion Week SS 2019
Tbilisi Fashion Week SS 2019 has officially commenced.
Sophia Loren, Ornella Muti and their friendship with the Georgians
Georgia has numerous artists popular to the international public.
Tbilisi Fashion Week kicks off
Tbilisi Fashion Week is going to commence on the 18th of October. The slogan of the fashion week is “We Must Take Care of Nature”.
Georgian model Ana Akhvlediani becomes a mother
Georgian model Ana Akhvlediani became a mother. Ana Akhvlediani married to Giorgi Beraia in July, 2018. The couple has a daughter.
What do wives of the rich Georgians wear?
Famous Georgian faces pay great attention to look gorgeous when they appear in public or upload photos on social network.
Saddam Hussein’s Georgian Personal Advisor
A-83-year-old pilot Darwin Rukhadze from Georgia used to serve as a personal advisor of Saddam Hussein, the president of Iraq.
What makes Japan so similar to Georgia?
Japanese people know Georgia and the Georgians well enough thanks to the Georgian Sumo wrestler Levan Gorgadze, also known as Tochinoshin.
Exchange Rates
GEL Exchange Rate
Other Stories
World famous British singer Jessie J has decided to wear clothes made by Anouki Areshidze, Georgian designer and wife of the mayor of Tbilisi.
Bassiani, one of the most popular underground clubs not only in Georgia but throughout Europe as well, has opened today
An amazing video made in Georgia by tourists from the Philippines have gone viral on the internet.
Over the recent two days May 12-13 Tbilisi city saw a peaceful protest rally in the center of the city.
Hundreds of people took to the main street Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi to protest the raid in Tbilisi’s popular night clubs.
Two bear cubs listed as endangered on the red list were handed over to Tbilisi Zoo,
Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze and Deputy Tbilisi Mayor Ms. Sophio Khuntsaria have gifted a food stand
Pamela Anderson, famous Canadian American actress and model has appeared in the chic sunglasses by internationally acclaimed Georgian designer George Keburia.
A ski lift accident in Georgia’s eastern Gudauri resort,in particular at Sadzele 5 lift, has left 8 people with injuries.
The ski lift in Gudauri winter resort in Georgia has broke down in the aftermath of which several people have been injured.
GEL Exchange
November 2018
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30