German Foreign Office supports ambassador to Georgia amid claims of ‘conspicuous friendship with gov’t’

German Foreign Office Secretary Miguel Berger said that the Ambassador to Georgia Hubert Knirsch has the ‘full support’ of Germany's foreign office. Photo:, 26 Nov 2021 - 17:41, Tbilisi,Georgia

State Secretary of the German Federal Foreign Office Miguel Berger has said that the German Ambassador to Georgia Hubert Knirsch has the ‘full support’ of the country’s foreign office amid the German media outlet Bild’s claims that Knirsch is ‘conspicuously friendly’ with the Georgian government.

German media outlet Bild published an article about Knirsch on November 22, claiming that the ambassador Knirsch seems to get along with the Georgian government but has a 'rather hostile' relationship with the Georgian opposition and civil society organisations.

The article pointed out that Knirsch's wife works at Kutaisi International University (KIU) in Georgia, which was founded by the former head of the ruling Georgian Dream party Bidzina Ivanishvili.

Berger told that the allegations that Knisch’s work might be ‘negatively influenced’ by his wife’s employment at KIU is ‘unfounded.’

[A spouse] exercising their profession in a legal, non-political job at normal market wages in no way constitutes grounds for allegations of corruption, he added.

Berger maintained that the German Embassy in Georgia has ‘good relations’ not only with the government, but also with the opposition and civil society organisations.

The State Secretary further noted that Germany will remain a ‘reliable partner’ for Georgia under Germany’s new coalition government.

Germany’s Social Democrats, Greens, and Free Democrats forming a new coalition government have declared their support for the European integration of the Eastern Partnership countries, including Georgia.