Disinfo: EU is only an economic bloc that will soon be over

Summary

The coronavirus has demonstrated the failure of the European Union in its social policies, maybe because it was created as an economic bloc only. The European Union exists because NATO wants it but many economists expect that the crisis will lead to its end as an economic project.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the coronavirus that seeks to discredit the EU, claiming that it has abandoned European values and traditions and is built on the worship of money and of free-markets. This message is consistent with the common pro-Kremlin narrative about decadent values and moral decay in contemporary Western societies.

The EU began as the European Economic Community (EEC) in the aftermath of the Second World War in 1958, initially conceived to increase economic cooperation between member states. The EU has since evolved into a large scale multilateral organisation spanning many different policy areas, from climate, environment and health to external relations and security, justice and migration. 

During the coronavirus pandemic, the European Union is supporting Member States in addressing the crisis and mitigating the economic consequences of COVID-19. To cushion the blow to people’s livelihoods and the economy, the European Commission has adopted a comprehensive economic response to the outbreak, applied the full flexibility of the EU fiscal rules, has revised its State Aid rules and proposed to set up a EUR 37 billion Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative to provide liquidity to small businesses and the health care sector.

To support scientific research into the COVID-19, the European Commission earmarked 47.5 million EUR for shortlisted research projects that can improve epidemiology and public health, including preparedness and response to outbreaks. The EU has also created the first-ever stockpile of medical equipment.

Read similar cases attacking the EU by claiming that the EU is built on anti-European values while Russia upholds genuine European values, that Europe is losing its values and former power, and that liberalism leads to the loss of national sovereignty.

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  • Reported in: Issue 194
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/04/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: EU
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Euro-scepticism, EU disintegration, NATO
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COVID-19: Progressive Sweden sacrifices its old and improve its pension funds

The scientists are blowing the whistles, demanding any kind of actions to curb the epidemic, but the government is not reacting much. The experiment goes on, and people continue dying. Most of them already have health issues and some are old. It looks as if this most progressive state has decided to sacrifice its old, and at the same time improve its pension funds for the case of a “collective immunity”.

Disproof

An unfounded coronavirus conspiracy theory.

The Swedish Public Health Authority's highest priority is to protect the public. It has declared that an ‘extraordinary situation’ exists in Sweden.

NATO instructors prepare Ukraine’s military to become war criminals

NATO instructors prepare Ukraine’s military to become war criminals. Training events for the Ukrainian Armed Forces by instructors from Norway and Sweden contribute to the spread of lawlessness, violence and the continuation of hostilities in Donbas.

As a result of war crimes, prepared by NATO instructors while training Ukrainian security officials, 119 children died and 310 were injured in Donbas.

News Front publishes “a list” with personal data of individual military instructors from Sweden and Norway, who were directly involved in the training of war criminals in Ukraine.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about foreign military instructors in Ukraine. The claims of war crimes are false and not confirmed by OSCE SMM reports or any other reputable source. The "list" of Swedish and Norwegian instructors comes from a Telegram channel in the Russian language, that has about 9,000 followers.

Even before the outbreak of hostilities with Russia in 2014, Ukraine had looked to strengthen its ties with the NATO military alliance. While the alliance’s response to the conflict has been understandably cautious, there has also been significant progress in the relationship with Kyiv. Institutional cooperation has intensified, and a number of individual NATO member states have sent military missions to Ukraine to provide training and support for the country’s transition towards NATO standards.

The US knew about the pandemic long before it began

The upcoming pandemic of a new strain of coronavirus in the United States was known long before it began. This is confirmed by the fact that on the packaging of the popular US detergent Lysol last year appeared the inscription “kills the human coronavirus”.

Disproof

This narrative is part of recurring disinformation on coronavirus.

Although American Lysol disinfectants do have a label that indicates they protect against the “human coronavirus,” this is not a specific reference to the new Covid-19 coronavirus, which appeared in China last December. The current virus is part of a large family of viruses that can cause respiratory diseases in animals or humans. According to various sources, several dozen types of coronaviruses have been recorded in the world. Seven of them are dangerous to humans and they have been known since the 1960s. That is why the labeling on cleaning products in no way proves that the United States allegedly “knew” about the Covid-19 pandemic.