Moreover, the unfolding economic crisis triggers a rise of support for xenophobic and Eurosceptic political forces, imposing upon Brussels a timid approach to neighborhood policy. Ultimately, without real certainties and plenty of fears, Georgia has no option but to be daring.Georgians broadly agree that commitment to the West has been crucial for the process of democratization.

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This situation gave rise to heated debates, gravitating mostly over the theme of continuity and change.

This was to be expected from a political system that was unaccustomed to peaceful transfers of power, a milestone that Georgia reached only fifteen months ago.

While these major landmarks were recognized and validated by our international allies, what made political contest distasteful and fundamentally un-European was the interpersonal character of these political encounters.

Given a political tradition where political competition gravitates around personalities, where parties do not survive electoral defeat, where the most fearsome debates concern personal legacies rather than value agendas, politics often becomes too personal to be substantive.

In March 2013, a 14 points Parliamentary Resolution committed the uneasily cohabiting parties, that is, the United National Movement and the Coalition of Georgian Dream to a sustained pro-Western trajectory.

And in this scheme, the fundamental choice of committing to an Association Agreement in the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius in November 2013 was expectable.

In Georgia, there is a per mare, per terra consensus over the fact that we must remain an islet of Europeanization in the South Caucasus. First, many in Georgia would agree that being in Europe is not an anti-Russian statement: competitiveness, rule of law, respect for cultural diversity, solid multilateralism, consensus driven policy, a reliable social safety net, a social partnership culture, respectable institutions, and a commitment to human rights.

This makes sense for us, in terms of what we want to be.

The point of what we don’t want to be comes by defect, not in principle.