Disinfo: EU countries fence themselves off from Russia, with a wall of fascism

Summary

Europe fences itself off from Russia with a wall of fascism. It tries to isolate itself with the help of hate and Russophobia. This is much more efficient “than stone walls”. Despite the annual marches of neo-Nazis, the European Union does nothing to condemn them.

 

 

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on the West as Nazis and fascism in Europe. See earlier cases about "European Russophobia"

Nazi or fascism ideology and the EU are based on opposite values ​​and principles. The European Union provides a consistent policy to combat racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance.

Article №2 of the Treaty on European Union declares that "The Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. These values are common to the Member States in a society in which pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality between women and men prevail".

This is reflected in the Vienna Declaration (1993) to establish "the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance". It is supposed to deal with issues related to fighting racism, discrimination (on grounds of “race”, ethnic/national origin, colour, citizenship, religion, language, sexual orientation and gender identity), xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and intolerance.  On 25 October 2018, the European Parliament demanded the ban on neo-fascist and neo-Nazi groups in the EU.  In a resolution passed with 355 votes to 90 and 39 abstentions, MEPs denounced the lack of serious action against these groups which enabled the current xenophobic surge in Europe.

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 143
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/03/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian, Ukrainian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: EU, Anti-Russian, Europe, Nazi/Fascist
  • Outlet: Harkov
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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