Mamuka Bakhtadze: Democracy is about engagement and it is based on values

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 11 September 2018 16:53

As Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze emphasized at the Tbilisi International Conference organized by the McCain Institute and the Economic Policy Research Center, democracy is, above all else, about engagement, the engagement of the government, civil society, and media. Everyone has a role in supporting our young democracy.

Chief Columnist for Financial Time Edward Luce inquired whether the ongoing processes in Europe affect Georgia's choice because European democracy, according to him, is not the same as it used to be. In this context, the panel discussion's moderator cited the events in Poland and Slovakia, and named Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and the US president's policy.

According to Mamuka Bakhtadze, political processes do change, but values remain the same.

"Yes. It is a political process and there are some changes but values are still on the table, and these are the values that created this civilization. We are absolutely committed and optimistic about a very bright future of the European family," the Prime Minister underlined.

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