EU institutions are merely tools to impose Franco-German hegemony over Europe

Summary

EU institutions are merely tools used by Paris and Berlin to impose Franco-German hegemony over Europe.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory and a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative asserting that the EU is controlled by Germany and France and that the Berlin-Paris axis dominates other EU members (see examples here, here and here).

The EU is governed by the principle of representative democracy with citizens directly represented at Union level in the European Parliament and Member States represented in the European Council and the Council of the EU. The European Commission has a monopoly on the initiative in EU law-making and represents the Community interest.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 159
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/07/2019
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Country: Italy, Germany, France
  • Keywords: Europe
  • Outlet: Sputnik Italia
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Disproof

The story is based on the article by The Independent, which, even though it mentions the current situation in Poland, does not say that Poland is on the Tinder's list of countries unsafe for the LGBT community.

The Tinder Traveller Alert will warn its LGBT users about countries that continue to enforce prejudiced laws against LGBT persons. Tinder will use the list of about 70 countries with anti-LGBT laws – this list was prepared by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA). This ILGA map presents the countries, where the Tinder Travel Alert will be on (red colour) – Poland is not among these countries. The full ILGA report on the state-sponsored homophobia is available here.

Voters, the EU Parliament and national parliaments are disregarded by EU Commission

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Disproof

The EU is not planning to abolish elections. This is a conspiracy theory and a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative, which aims to portray the EU as a disintegrating bloc, overseen by a bureaucracy bringing harm to EU citizens and the sovereignty of its member states.

The EU is governed by the principle of representative democracy, with citizens directly represented at Union level in the European Parliament and Member States represented in the European Council and the Council of the EU.

The strategic aim of the UK Conservative party is Russia’s collapse

Boris Johnson will hardly become Russia’s friend because the Conservative Party has made a strategic bet, that if something should crumble in the East, they would become the masters. Britain will continue to spare no expense to rock the the political situation in Russia and around it.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory consistent with a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the West encircling Russia.

See similar disinformation cases about Western "Great Turan" doctrine aimed at creating a ring of unfriendly states along Russia's southern border,  anti-Russian plan for an "Anaconda ring", Western attempts to break Russia up into a few nominally independent states.