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Georgia’s Big Day Announced

Georgia will strike up an “historic” alliance with the European Union by signing an association agreement on June 27, Tbilisi announced on May 14. And the agreement is not the country's final stop on the road to Europe, one key EU official, on hand in Tbilisi for the announcement, declared. Yet for all the high hopes, the announced schedule of Europeanization could be -- with apologies to the late Gabriel Garcia Márquez -- a chronicle of trouble foretold.

The marriage of the Greek Jason of the Argonauts to the Georgian princess Medea did not end up nicely for either, but the new Europe-Georgia union will be a happy one, indicated European Council President Herman Van Rompuy during his May 14 visit in Tbilisi. Don’t let the possible risks en route to the “adventure” called Europe “scare you,” he said.

But eager as it is, Tbilisi is scared.

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