A collective triumph
Even taking the federation's fiscal woes into account, the EU represents progress for the nations living under Russia's shadow.
Visit any government building in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia and you will find two flags hanging proudly outside: those bearing the national emblem of Georgia and the starred circle of the European Union. To some outsiders, such a display seems odd. Georgia isn't even a member of the 27-country bloc. But it desperately wants to be.