DISINFO: The EU has collapsed, countries are building borders
DISINFORMATION CASE DETAILS
  • Outlet: NEWSONE - YouTube (archived)*
  • Date of publication: March 30, 2020
  • Outlet language(s): Russian
  • Reported in: Issue 190
  • Countries / regions discussed: EU
Tags:
coronavirus Euro-scepticism European Union Europe

DISINFO: The EU has collapsed, countries are building borders

SUMMARY

The European Union has collapsed. The countries are beginning to build borders: between Poland and Germany, between Germany and France, between the Czech Republic and Austria. [There are] borders, borders, borders…

RESPONSE

This claim exploits the coronavirus pandemic to push a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the EU's alleged imminent collapse. It also aims to pit EU member states against each other in an attempt to undermine European solidarity - another recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation tactic. There is no evidence to support the doomsday claim that the pandemic is resulting in the death or obsolescence of the EU. EU Member States are helping each other in this crisis; for example, German hospitals offering to treat critical coronavirus patients from France as well as taking in patients from Italy and the Czech Republic sending masks to Italy. Read more about the EU's response here and here.

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