Грузия в мыслях Европы

Эпоха, когда Европа могла полагаться на Америку для ведения войны или установления мира и демократии на территории сопредельных стран, осталась в прошлом. С расширением Европейского Союза и, как показал недавний кризис с российским газом, к таким странам сегодня относится не только Украина, но и Грузия. Действительно, как и Украина, Грузия сегодня проходит тест на демократию, который Европа не может позволить себе игнорировать.

Грузия была первой постсоветской страной, предпринявшей «цветную революцию» и, таким образом, продемонстрировавшую с достоинством и зрелостью выбор своего народа в пользу демократии и европейских ценностей. Флаги Европейского Союза, развевающиеся на всех государственных зданиях в Грузии с тех пор, сигнализируют естественную связь, такую же древнюю, как и история страны, которая для древних греков была неотъемлемой частью известного им мира. Прометей, Медея, амазонки и Ноев ковчег в соседней Армении – Европа наших мифов начинается здесь.

Со своей историей, культурой и традициями, включая критический, независимый и даже бунтарский дух в бывшем Советском Союзе, Грузия, казалось бы, является идеальным кандидатом на успешную демократизацию. Поэтому еще большее беспокойство вызывает то, что демократизация в Грузии терпит неудачу.

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