Georgian protesters win a battle, war may still be ahead

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Georgia stepped back from the brink of civil confrontation after the authorities dropped their toxic foreign agent bills, but tensions continue to simmer amid mistrust towards the ruling party’s commitment to democratic freedoms and European integration. Keeping its promise from the day before, the Georgian parliament voted down on March 10 the draft law”on transparency of foreign influence” – a deeply polarizing piece of legislation that had been approved in the first reading on March 7. Put to a vote without any preamble or debate, the bill was thrown out after it gained only one vote in sup…

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