The strong showing of Euro-skeptic parties in May’s European Parliament elections raises questions about how easily Georgia can move from its recently signed EU Association Agreement toward its long-held goal of full-fledged EU membership.
The Strasbourg, France-based legislature, the European Union’s only directly elected governmental body, exercises authority over EU membership, immigration policy and budgets. It also approves appointments to the European Commission, which runs the EU’s daily affairs.
While Euro-skeptics won only about 140 out of 751 seats in the parliament’s May 22-25 voting, their numbers may be sufficient to hinder initiatives to advance Georgia, and fellow ex-Soviet republics Moldova and Ukraine, toward EU membership.
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Monica Ellena is a Tbilisi-based writer.