The FINANCIAL -- As with previous columns, this week I assess the mood of citizens in the Eastern Partnership countries, but with a particular focus on personal life. Two years and running, the EU Neighbourhood Barometer survey measures participant countries based on a number of indicators that are linked to people’s general satisfaction with life and economic aspects both on the personal level and global level.

The FINANCIAL -- We all know that the term democracy originated in ancient Greece. It is older than Christianity yet less than half of the world’s nations can be said to enjoy its benefits. Democracy is still the “best” or the “most preferred” option for the majority of populations in countries where opinion polls can be successfully conducted. However, when it comes to satisfaction with democracy, figures are diverse.

The FINANCIAL -- From December 2013 to January 2014, a consortium composed of TNS Opinion SA, Kantar Media SA, Particip GmbH and GORBI conducted the autumn 2013 EU Neighbourhood Barometer as part of the “ENPI Regional Communication Programme 2011-2013: Opinion polling and media monitoring,” on behalf of the European Commission’s Development and Cooperation Office, Europe Aid (Unit F4).

The FINANCIAL -- From December 2013 to January 2014, a consortium composed of TNS Opinion SA, Kantar Media SA, Particip GmbH and GORBI conducted the autumn 2013 EU Neighbourhood Barometer as part of the “ENPI Regional Communication Programme 2011-2013: Opinion polling and media monitoring,” on behalf of the European Commission’s Development and Cooperation Office, Europe Aid (Unit F4).

Over the past three millennia, there were very few moments when Georgians have lived in peace (yes our history goes back that far!) From the very beginning we have been fighting to defend own territory (and sometimes to annex foreign soil in the process). Sectarian divisions over the last 16 centuries were great cause for countless massacres by invaders. However, democracy is the new social religion we are fighting for.

Starting out almost nowhere 80 years ago – studying in a small village school in West Georgia – Edward Sheverdnazde quickly rose to power thanks to his incredible political resilience. He remained in power until 2003 when was replaced by his protégée Mr. Saakashvili via the Rose Revolution. George Washington was known to have enough public support to become king of the new American nation, but he gave up the power to Congress. This is not true in our case.

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