Georgia has delivered on democracy. It is now Brussels’ turn

Commentaries and Op-eds November 14, 2016, EuropeNext

If Georgia’s parliamentary elections of October 2016 were a test of the country’s commitment to democratisation, it passed the ordeal with flying colors. They tested the limits of Europeanisation from above, but likewise showcased a budding Europeanisation from below. Georgians have again legitimised their government’s pro-Western mandate. As a result, Tbilisi has bolstered its position as a tried-and-true partner of the European Union. Both Georgia’s society and institutions continue to affirm an enduring capability for reform. It is now Brussels’ turn to deliver on its end of the bargain.