What are the chances that the EU visa suspension mechanism will be used against Georgia?

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Following the introduction of the EU’s visa free regime with Georgia, certain EU member states have expressed their concerns that Georgian citizens are misusing it. France, Austria, Germany and Sweden in particular have reported an increased number of violations (a higher number of unfounded asylum applications) since Georgia received visa-free status. While regular meetings do take place...

EU, Eastern Partners Downgrade Anniversary Statement Due To Objections From Baku

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Foreign ministers from the European Union and the six Eastern Partnership countries have downgraded a celebratory statement marking the 10th anniversary of the partnership that aims to bring Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine closer to the bloc without the concrete offer of EU membership. Sources told RFE/RL that the change came because Azerbaijan was unhappy that the...

Tenth Anniversary of Eastern Partnership Marked in Brussels

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On May 13, the Foreign Ministers and representatives of Member States of the European Union and their counterparts from the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries met in Brussels at a ministerial meeting dedicated to the tenth anniversary of the EaP initiative. The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, who chaired the roundtable meeting, released...