Ukrainian news: Tens of thousands of Georgians are demanding EU membership

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Tens of thousands of Georgians are demanding EU membership

Why some countries have not advanced for candidate status for years

Elmar Brok, a long-time foreign policy officer at the CDU in the European Parliament, explains why some countries have not made progress as candidates for years. But he sees the construction site and the need for reform not only among the candidates for entry.

The lack of candidate status for EU accession is causing problems in Georgia. Tens of thousands are demanding the resignation of the prime minister after Georgia, unlike Ukraine, has not gained status. More in live ticker.

OFThousands of people demonstrated in Georgia on the Black Sea with the accession of the Republic of South Caucasus to the EU. They also demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili in the capital Tbilisi on Friday night. His government has not done enough to make Georgia a candidate for EU membership.

The organizers of the protests before the parliament therefore demanded an interim government. “If the government does not want to hear the will of the Georgian people, (…) we will show them the anger of the Georgian people, which they have never seen before,” the speaker shouted in protest. It was not until Monday that demonstrators called for greater efforts to join the EU.

On Thursday, the summit of EU heads of state and government granted Ukraine and Moldova the status of EU candidate countries. Georgia, on the other hand, should first meet the EU’s twelve demands for reform before it is ready, including the fight against corruption, nepotism, political justice and organized crime. In recent years, the country has taken significant democratic steps back.

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All developments in live ticker:

1:42 – Lammert warns against declining approval for “Zeitenwende”

Former Speaker of the Bundestag and current President of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation Norbert Lammert (CDU) warned of a decline in Ukraine’s support among the German population. In an interview with the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung (NOZ), Lammert said: “It is by no means certain that the new majorities for military rearmament and the supply of weapons to war zones are also permanent changes. We are already experiencing an erosion of consent, as observed, for example, in the willingness to help refugees in 2015. “

He considers the term “turning point” spoken of by Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) after the Russian invasion of Ukraine to be “problematic”. “I consider the speed with which the political class, including the media, has agreed on this term to be a sign of the common embarrassment of suppressing changes and challenges for years and not taking them into account,” says the CDU politician.

1:32 – Military experts urge Scholz to deliver battle tanks and armored personnel carriers to Ukraine

Before the G-7 summit and NATO, military experts urged Chancellor Olaf Scholz to supply Ukraine with more weapons. NATO’s line “not to send Western tanks and armored personnel carriers to Ukraine comes from the Chancellery,” Gustav Gressel of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) told the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung” (NOZ). “Other NATO countries would very, very much welcome a change in Germany’s position.”

He hopes that with regard to battle tanks and armored personnel carriers, “the wind will also turn in Washington, then Mr. Scholz could move,” Gressel said. “If Washington decides to send Breadly (the main battle tanks), for example, the Chancellery will be in a good position with its ‘almost NATO’.”

1:15 – Mützenich: The G-7 summit must coordinate further assistance to Ukraine

SPD parliamentary group chairman Rolf Mützenich expects a close vote on further aid to Ukraine at the G-7 summit. “It is also about humanitarian support and economic reconstruction after the ceasefire, which we hope will be achieved soon,” he told the newspaper of the Funke media group. The Heads of State and Government of the seven most important industrialized countries will meet on Sunday at Elmau Castle in Bavaria.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) also invited South Africa, Senegal, Argentina and India, which “did not look at Russian aggression through the eyes of the West,” Mützenich said. “It’s worth trying to find a common way out of the war with these democracies.”

22:00 – Moscow: Possible EU enlargement is directed against Russia

The Russian Foreign Ministry considers the decision to allow Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova to join the EU to be an anti-Moscow policy. The European Union is thus continuing its line of penetration into the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in order to detain Russia, said spokeswoman Maria Zacharovova in Moscow.

“All means are being used, from financial and economic leverage to military support.” Zakhar explained that the EU had also pushed aside otherwise strict criteria for accession, such as the fight against corruption, the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary. .

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