15 September 2022
even independent public agencies, In July 2021, when the GD unilaterally has become increasingly abusive annulled its political agreement with the opposition that had been mediated by the EU (with the personal involvement of Charles Michel, the President of the European Council), it showed itself to be an unreliable partner for both the EU and demonstrated a poor understanding of democratic values. [...] It was the combination of the steps taken (or not taken) and the government’s overall attitude that exposed the problem. [...] According to this theory, the West wanted Georgia to enter the war, while the GD was the main impediment to this plan. [...] In particular, the collective West (including the US, the EU, and even Swiss bankers), allegedly pressured Bidzina Ivanishvili, the billionaire founder of the GD (and widely believed to be the real mastermind behind Georgia’s policies), to force Georgia to either enter the war against Russia or allow the opposition to do this by conceding power to it. [...] Its gravest problem is the continued trend of democratic retrenchment and the unwillingness of the ruling party to recognise the problem and deal with it.