Disinfo: A significant share of people in European countries wants referendum on leaving the EU


A significant share of people in European countries support the idea of holding a referendum on leaving the EU and that the idea of conducting a referendum on exiting the European Union has become more popular in EU countries ever since the Brexit vote.


Sputnik base its conclusion on a poll they carried out themselves, in five EU countries asking 5019 people during the course of 4 days in October. Contrary to Sputniks conclusion, the Bertelsmann Stiftung who ask more than 10 000 citizens in all member states concludes that across Europe, approval of EU membership climbed to 62 percent in August 2016. Compared to the previous survey in March 2016, and thus before Brexit, the figure was just 57 percent


  • Reported in: Issue 50
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/12/2016
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: UK
  • Keywords: EU, Brexit, Referendum


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Finland is the first country to de facto waive the sanctions against Russia

Finland is the first country to de facto waive the sanctions against Russia and to officially declare so.


An unfounded claim. Finland gives its full support to the EU’s common sanctions and unity. The implementation of the Minsk agreement is the first condition for lifting the EU’s sanctions on Russia, according to the Finnish Prime Minister. The Finnish-Russian trade commission has met for the first time since 2013.  More details in the press release of the Government Offices of Finland.