Disinfo: EU Elections are a sham

Summary
The EU elections are a sham democratic “hullabaloo” for an undemocratic and exclusive EU.
Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative questioning the EU institutions' legitimacy and powers..

The European Parliament is a directly elected institution. Since 1979, it has been elected by EU voters every 5 years. The last elections were in May 2014 and May 2019.

The European Parliament is one of the EU's two law-making bodies.  It has constitutional-type and ratification powers.  It passes EU laws, together with the Council of the EU, based on European Commission proposals.  It has budgetary powers, scrutiny over the executive, hears citizens’ petitions, and appoints the European Ombudsman.  A detailed overview of the European Parliament’s role in the European decision-making process can be consulted here.

As EU co-operation evolved with time, the European Parliament progressed from a purely advisory role to one of co-decision on an equal footing with the Council. The Lisbon Treaty expanded the number of policies which are subject to ordinary legislative procedure to virtually all areas including the areas of freedom, security and justice, external trade, environmental policy and the common agricultural policy.

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  • Reported in: Issue 152
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/05/2019
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Keywords: Euro-scepticism, EU elections 2019, European Parliament, EU, Europe
  • Outlet: Sputnik Deutschland
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US defence companies are restructuring missile defence base in Romania into an offensive base with “Tomahawk” missiles

Defensive position as attack ramp: Are “Tomahawk” missiles already in Romania?

US defence companies are working on expanding their missile defence base in Deveselu, Romania. This allows Washington to station nuclear-capable cruise missiles on European soil.

The start of this work coincides with the withdrawal of the United States from the INF Treaty.

Could it be that the Romanian “Aegis Ashore” is currently being prepared for other missions?  The modernisation work could serve to equip the defensive position in Romania as a launch pad for cruise missiles. In any case, this would correspond to the measures announced by the United States when it withdrew from the INF Treaty. This would mean that, for the first time since the Cold War, “Tomahawk” missiles with a range of 2,500 kilometres would be stationed in Europe.  […]

Equipped with cruise missiles capable of flying 2,500 km, the American “defensive position” in Romania would be a concrete threat to Russian cities.  Moscow must react, must take measures to strengthen national security as a reaction. […]

The Romanian leadership must, […] be aware that the redevelopment of the base in Deveselu makes this region a possible target for a nuclear first strike.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about missile defence systems and the INF Treaty.

The Aegis missile defence system (Aegis Ashore Ballistic Missile Defence System) is not in violation of the INF Treaty. The US State Department issued a detailed rebuttal of Russian allegations of US non-compliance with the INF Treaty in 2018.

The US plans to use Facebook big data analysis for staging colour revolutions in Russia and beyond

The US wants to create an archive of billions of posts made by social media users to do a big data analysis. This will help to identify users in different countries who are critical of their respective Governments, to target these users with specific ads and to get them out on the streets.

There was a similar leak after Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony to the US Congress when Bloomberg discovered a collection of Russian users in its Facebook Ads Manager who were ready to commit treason. Apparently, the US prepares a provocative response.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracy theory about the US and social media companies. It is consistent with questioning Russian attempts to interfere in the US elections and with a pro-Kremlin narrative about the West's deliberate plans to organise colour revolutions in Russia and other post-Soviet countries.

The US Navy is indeed seeking to create an archive of at least 350 billion social media posts from around the world, in order to study how people talk online. There is no proof though that the research has political aims as alleged.

Ukraine might be involved in MH17 catastrophe

Ukraine might be involved in the MH17 catastrophe when a Boeing Malaysia Airlines air plane crashed in Donbas in 2014. The military unit supplied with the type of missile that hit the plane was located in Stryi town of the Lviv region.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on Flight MH17. Many competing and contradictory stories are promulgated by Russian state-controlled media on MH17.

The Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team has concluded that flight MH17 was shot down on 17 July 2014 by a missile of the 9M38 series, launched by a BUK-TELAR, from farmland in the vicinity of Pervomaiskiy (or: Pervomaiskyi). At that time, the area was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. The BUK-TELAR was brought in from the territory of the Russian Federation and subsequently, after having shot down flight MH-17, was taken back to the Russian Federation.