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  1. All of our ag clients seeking subsidised loans under the new programmes have been referred to the relevant commercial banks for loan applications. As far as anyone can tell, the administering banks are still very conservative and demanding when requiring sound market studies, sound basic feasibility assessments, and professionally developed budgets and cashflows. Given that taxpayers’ money is in play, this seems reasonable. I haven’t heard of any obvious anomaly in this process to date.

  2. Many thanks for a good podcast again. I though still miss Dunbar but our wild Austrian socialist is also really good, adding facts, relevant and also critical questions for the new government. The short return with all three of you discussing was for this reason great. The joy, knowledge, humour and intelligence you have came through.

    You asked for ideas and questions for the upcoming interviews. Here are some for Tsulukiani. Please ask the great fact finder Mathias to check the facts relevant to the questions so she would not get away by plainly denying facts. It’s the Tbilisi version of Hardtalk, right?

    1. When chosen by Ivanishvili to become minister of justice Tsulukiani said in and interview concerning marriage and partners that she “of course” have a Georgian. Can she develop this statement? Is it wrong to marry people or having partners of other ethnic and national groups or is it only a personal preference that she have. Are all non-Georgian ethnical/national groups equally bad or are some worse and some almost acceptable? Or are they all just too different? Isn’t really love more important to her than if her partner is non-Georgian?

    2. When studying at ENAs international masters program. Did Tsulukiani study some other courses related to law then the four following available.

    3 weeks
    “Organisation du travail parlementaire”
    (Organisation of parliamentary work)
    2 weeks
    “Gouvernance territoriale et développement local”
    (Local authorities and the state)
    4 weeks
    “La protection des droits de l’homme”
    (Protecting human rights)
    2 weeks
    “Les nouvelles relations administration et citoyens”
    (New government-citizen relations)

    Altogether eleven weeks (almost three months). They are of course not real law courses but just slightly related to law. Did she take all of these optional courses or just half of them? If she studied some more law at the ENA, how did she manage to do it when more law courses are not given? Did she instead study “Leadership au féminin” or other advanced administrative courses? If she is persisting, ask her to specify the titles of them and how many weeks they did last? What dates were they given? When she was examined? Does she consider that these few weeks are equal to have been studying law at a higher level as the law of Georgia requires? Every real law student would of course consider these courses not relating to the core law curriculum. Law studies are in this sense akin to medical or computer engineering studies. Very hard facts must be understood and learned by heart. Doesn’t she agree with this, that this is important also for law students? International master students at ENA are required to write a thesis on a topic of public administration, not law, what was the name of her thesis?

    4. Since Tsulukiani have many times stated her support of justice, honour and transparency it would be relevant if you asked her to live up to this in practice. The constitution of Georgia requires a higher level of knowledge of law for the minister of justice and not some unspecified diploma. Instead of showing exactly the courses of law you have studied and have been examined at you make a TV-stunt appearing with “diploma of masters of administration” in a TV studio where the very great and honourable journalist, Eka Kvesitadze, without deeper knowledge in French language, French society and the French educational system are shown the unspecified diploma from ENA where no courses and specified and no exams are stated in detail. Since the courses at the international master at ENA are chosen freely this diploma don’t even state that you have taken even one remotely related law course. Let’s get real. You say you care about transparency in the juridical system. Then prove this. Why you don’t give Mathias Huter at TI Georgia full access and detailed information to every pure law course you have taken and been examined at in France. Do it the Scandinavian way, with no silliness, theatre or half lies allowed and where “great diplomas” and “Brezhnev decorations” have no meaning but only pure facts. You say you want an honest government then start to be honest yourself.

    5. Please ask when Tsulukiani did receive French citizenship and how? Did she re-apply for a dual Georgian-French citizenship later, when did she do it, if so? Or did she like Ivanishvili forgot to tell and apply?

    6. Tsulukiani has recently written how important it is not to “turn a blind eye to broken laws”. Even if she has no higher education in law, does she understand that the constitution is also a law? If so, does she understand that breaking the Georgian constitution is also breaking the Georgian law? Signing agreements and decisions in her formal position as minister of justice without having fulfilled the right to do this required by the Georgian constitution is just breaking the law regularly. She is not only overstepping the rights as minister since the minister of justice in Georgia is also the head of the prosecutors in Georgia. If we should have no selective justice in Georgia, how can she defend this? Why is Vano in prison without bail and not she? Why do she and Ivanishvili want to change the constitution so it in the future will not be needed to have a higher level of law education for the minister of justice, i.e. that she should not be head of the prosecutors? If it’s just a caring for the impartiality of the prosecutors why not keep the requirement for the post of the minister of justice. Does she don’t think that it’s good for a country with such a weak justice tradition that the minister of justice have a serious education in law? She herself has for example officially argued that people who have not been sentenced in court are guilty. Does not such utterance show she is lacking the most fundamental education in law? In real law schools you will not be allowed to continue your studies if you don’t understand the “presumption of innocence”. Was she not told this basic fact in her education in administration? Does she have any idea what “omnia praesumuntur legitime facta donec probetur in contrarium” means?

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