Оживление грузинской мечты о Западе

Недавняя нестабильность в Грузии нанесла удар её международной репутации как новой демократической стране и является проблемой также и для Европейского Союза. Столкнувшись в ноябре с опасностью уличных протестов, президент Михаил Саакашвили заявил о том, что российско-грузинский магнат Бадри Патаркатсишвили планирует заговор по свержению правительства. Поэтому он закрыл оппозиционно настроенный частный телеканал Imedi TV (которым владеет Патаркатсишвили) и ввёл чрезвычайное положение на 9 дней, а затем назначил досрочные выборы президента на 5 января.

Сразу после инаугурации Саакашвили в январе 2004 г. после «революции Роз» 2003 г. правительство Грузии стало вывешивать флаги ЕС во время официальных мероприятий. Грузины разделяют данный энтузиазм. Опрос, проводившийся Международным республиканским институтом в сентябре 2007 г., показал, что 81% грузин поддерживают идею вступления в ЕС.

Но, вне зависимости от результата выборов, недавний кризис выявил недостаточную заинтересованность ЕС в безопасности и демократии Грузии. Несмотря на стратегическое географическое положение Грузии на Чёрном море, на границе с Россией, Азербайджаном и Турцией, а также на ключевом торговом пути, соединяющем ЕС, Иран, Россию и Центральную Азию, Европа не обращает почти никакого внимания на важнейшие политические проблемы страны.

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