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Scholz criticizes Georgian ‘foreign agents’ bill in meeting with Prime Minister

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz condemned the Georgian ruling party’s renewed attempts to pass a possible Russian law on “foreign agents” during a visit to Berlin by the Soviet country’s former prime minister Irakli Kobakhidze.

Scholz said he opposed the legislation in its current form and hoped it would not win approval from lawmakers.

“We believe that such laws are not necessary,” the chancellor said, noting that Berlin was joined in its criticism by top officials from the European Union and NATO.

Georgia was granted EU candidate status last year.

Georgia’s ruling Georgian Dream party announced earlier this month that legislation aimed at curbing foreign-funded non-governmental organizations would be reintroduced.

It requires all NGOs that receive more than 20% of their funding from abroad to register with the government and have their books opened annually. A similar law is in force in Russia, Georgia’s powerful northern neighbor.

“The Law on Transparency of Foreign Influence is fully in line with all legal principles and fundamental rights,” Kobakhidze said in the German capital.

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He was “deeply convinced” that it could make an important contribution to “guaranteeing real democracy in Georgia.”

The government withdrew an earlier version in March last year, after days of demonstrations in Tbilisi. Opponents believe the government will use the law to control civil society and opposition movements.

Georgian Dream parliamentary leader Mamuka Mdinaradze defended the initiative, saying this month that NGOs were using foreign aid to promote programs favorable to the opposition, including spreading “pseudoliberal ideologies”, promoting LGBT propaganda and undermining the Georgian Orthodox Church.

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Kobakhidze (L) was welcomed by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in front of the Federal Chancellery.  Kay Nietfeld/dpa

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Kobakhidze (L) was welcomed by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in front of the Federal Chancellery. Kay Nietfeld/dpa

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