What kind of Europe is Georgia going to - the traditional or the 'French' one?

04.04.24 21:40

Georgia, despite its course towards EU membership, maintains its traditional values. The ruling Georgian Dream party is proposing amendments to the Constitution regarding family values and the protection of minors.  If adopted, these changes would prohibit same-sex marriages and adoption by same-sex couples in the country. Propaganda promoting non-traditional sexual relations and so-called 'sex change' will also be prohibited.


Some liberal pro-Western NGOs have opposed the proposed changes to the Constitution.  However, the amendments do not discriminate against individuals with non-traditional relationships. The Constitution will prohibit the promotion of such relationships among children and youth and will establish a traditional understanding of marriage.


Furthermore, it is worth noting that several EU member states, such as Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, and Croatia, already have similar norms protecting traditional values as those that Georgia aims to include in its Constitution. It is important to mention that none of these countries legally recognizes same-sex marriage. Additionally, Hungary has completely prohibited LGBT propaganda among minors. Incidentally, Hungary is one of the few European countries where the birth rate has recently increased, despite previously being one of the lowest on the continent.


It is noteworthy to examine the geopolitical preferences of EU countries that do not recognize same-sex marriage, such as Hungary. For instance, Hungary is actively cultivating relations with Turkey, which is Georgia's closest economic partner and one of the closest countries to Turkey in the NATO bloc.


This is not only due to the partly Turkic roots of the Hungarian people, but also because Turkey supports traditional values.  Turkey and Hungary are considered a conservative and traditional pole in Europe.


Both countries share a mutual understanding based on the defence of traditional values. This mutual understanding is important for strengthening the friendly relations between Georgia and Turkey (a NATO member and EU candidate) and Azerbaijan, which ultimately benefit a united Europe. The transit of energy resources from the Caspian basin through Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey is becoming increasingly important for ensuring energy security in Europe. Furthermore, Turkey, Hungary, and Azerbaijan do not impose cultural or religious values on Georgia.


However, some European countries not only suppress traditional Christian and Muslim values but also promote and impose LGBT values outside the EU, including in the South Caucasus region. France should be noted as one of the actors that can be destructive. It is known for having a government that lacks traditional orientation. The current French Prime Minister and Foreign Minister were in a same-sex union.


And France is not only imposing its dubious 'moral guidelines' on other countries in the form of a real 'LGBT bulge' in the government. France has recently been doing all it can to ignite a major war in the South Caucasus, which could spell disaster for Georgia. And France is making Armenia a hotbed of destabilisation.


France is almost at the forefront of military cooperation with Armenia. At the same time, it is arming Armenia with French weapons. For example, during his recent official visit to Yerevan, French Defence Minister Sebastien Lecornu, in a meeting with the head of the Armenian military department, Suren Papikyan, asked him directly about the number of Armenian military personnel of non-traditional sexual orientation. The French minister was also interested in the number of LGBT representatives in the Armenian government. "We are working on this issue in Armenia," Papikyan replied.


Thus, at the suggestion of France, the Armenian authorities in Yerevan, preparing for a new revanchist war, will not only arm themselves with French and Indian weapons, but will also carry out LGBT propaganda under the supervision of "French friends". And not far away, there will also be an intensified propaganda effort to recruit sexual minorities into the country's army. How this fits in with the fact that Armenia is "the oldest Christian country" is not entirely clear.


The pernicious nature of geopolitical cooperation with Paris is illustrated by the example of Greece, the "friend and ally" of Armenia and France. This country recently shocked the Orthodox world by legally authorising so-called 'same-sex marriages'.


Out of 300 members of the Greek parliament, only 76 voted against. The protests of the Hellenic Orthodox Church and the Greek Orthodox were very weak and did not influence this decision. So there is a very real 'dechristianisation' of Greece, and the same threat faces Georgia if it follows 'the Greek way'.


For Georgia, the question of whether to support traditional values or "LGBT propaganda and same-sex marriage" becomes a question of geopolitical choice, even in the context of European integration. Which pole of Europe will Georgia join? That of the traditional one, which will also contribute to the prosperity of its economy and the solution of its demographic problems, or that of the "non-traditional" one, recently embodied by Paris?


Considering that France not only does not want to promote peace in the South Caucasus and the development of transit communications, but also wants to foment war here, such a price for Georgia's 'fight for LGBT rights' is certainly not necessary.


Georgia's actions in defence of traditional values may inspire European conservatives. Since Georgia is afraid that it will allegedly "not be allowed into the EU because of restrictions on LGBT rights", it turns out that Georgia is taking the risk of getting into trouble with European integration for the sake of preserving the institution of the family. And it is the European conservatives who will do everything to get Georgia into the EU. If nothing else, to make the group of countries defending traditional values more numerous and influential within the EU.



George Mazniashvili

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