Thousands of protesters took to the streets in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, this week to protest a proposed law that would designate organizations that receive a certain amount of funding from abroad as “foreign agents.” Riot police used water cannons and tear gas to break up the crowds. Critics of the legislation in Georgia argue that the law is modeled after a similar one in Russia that has made it harder for human rights organizations…"Georgia faces a rocky road to EU membership"
Finland and Sweden are now on an unencumbered path to joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, a major expansion of the Western alliance as war continues in Europe. Finland and Sweden applied for NATO membership in May, a historic shift for two traditionally non-aligned countries. But what many expected to be a rapid and relatively smooth succession process got sidetracked after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan objected to their bids because of what he saw…"At NATO summit, Turkey drops opposition to Sweden and Finland’s membership"