Sunday, August 22, 2010

What does 'Europe' mean again?

First, a diagram.

And now, statistics.
In a 2007 survey conducted by the Caucasus Research Resource Centers:
  • 84% of Georgians surveyed were in favor of "more economic cooperation with the EU"
  • 85% of Georgians surveyed were supportive of "more political cooperation with the EU"
  • 18% thought Georgia was already a member of the EU, another 25% weren't sure, and 21% thought Georgia was a member of the "Organization for European Development", which, by the way, doesn't exist
  • When asked to evaluate their knowledge "about the European Union, its policies, its institutions" on a scale from 1 to 10, 86% responded with a 5 or less
I can assume only that the grass is always greener. Although, I wouldn't know what I didn't know if I had a President like Saak literally running fake news broadcasts, either.

Meanwhile, Medvedev spent the second anniversary of the war in Tskhinvali and Sukhumi (capitals of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, respectively), laying wreaths, listening to memorial requiems, and saying things like, "We acted correctly. We saved people and prevented a bloodbath here."

Mr Saakashvili spent the week in Colombia for President Santos's inauguration, (worried, as he is, that Colombia may follow Venezuela and Nicaragua in recognizing Abkhazia and South Ossetia), but was kind enough to deliver a speech from Bogota on August 7th, during which he noted that "the battle for Georgia's deoccupation would continue to the end."

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