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David Bakradze

"Revolutions are not about trifles, but spring from trifles," Aristotle once said. As a philosopher who didn’t waste his time on historical confabulations but tried to grasp the actual truth about people’s political lives – he couldn't be wrong.

The Aristotelian question of revolutionary trifles and their effects is especially relevant in the post-soviet part of Europe (and will surface in the Maghreb states in the coming years). The history of post-communist transformation has already proved that only the ordinary, everyday work, dealing with "unimportant" details that cannot be seen from the barricades and subtleties which are not to be expressed in manifestos, can help revolutionary trifles grow into revolutionary fruits. However, they will not flourish without the assistance of diligent gardeners – one of them is David Bakradze, the current Chairman of the Georgian Parliament.

"the long term goals Are gradually becoming short term"

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There are many things that put Mr Bakradze among the central figures of the post-soviet "restructuring" of Georgia – or the whole of Eastern Europe. As a child of the Colour revolutions period, arguably he can be seen as a personification of post-2003 Georgia. He is young (just one year older than the mean age of 38 in the current Georgian government), well-educated (holds a doctorate in mathematics and physics), has vast NGO experience, isn't afraid of jumping in at the deep end (he was the Georgian Minister of Foreign Affairs during the South Ossetia War in 2008) and finally he has an enthusiastic attitude towards European integration. Nevertheless, the reason why David Bakradze should be endowed with the E&M laurels is that as a chairman of the Georgian Parliament, he is one of the fathers of the current Eastern Partnership's (EaP) successes.

The EaP's achievements are not, as I tried to point out in my 'Under Eastern Eyes' blogpost, too media-attractive or politically spectacular. However, they are certain steps in the EU-East rapprochement. As Mr Bakradze tends to say: "the long term goals are gradually becoming short term."

Parliaments play the crucial role at the Eastern Partnership institutional level. Any progress is dependent on their will and ability to carry out the implementation of the acquis and adapt their legal systems to the EU requirements. Hence, it's probably not an accident that as a former chairman of the standing delegation to the European Parliament and acclaimed "Euro-Atlantic expert," Mr Bakradze was chosen to lead the the Parliament of Georgia. Then it also comes as no surprise that Georgia is seen as the EaP leader in each of the project's four thematic platforms and remains a credible EU partner in the process of reform. It's a great exception not only in the EaP area, which suffers from a constant lack of coherent and stable pro-European political elites, but also among current EU states which, according to the latest Internal Market Scoreboard, still have problems in adapting EU regulations effectively.

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