Disinfo: EU is only interested in sucking money from national governments

Summary

Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis in Europe, multiple structures of the EU have demonstrated that they are not capable and not interested in dealing with the real problems of EU member states. They are mostly concerned with keeping the national governments under own control, sucking money of national states and selling European interestes to the global establishment. The myth about the so-called ‘European’ or ‘Euro-Atlantic’ unity was also destroyed by the reality.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the disintegration of the European Union.

The European Union is supporting the Member States in addressing the crisis, and mitigating the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 first ever stockpile of medical equipment. 

Read more about the EU's response here and here. 

There are also examples of EU Member States helping each other in times of crisis, for example German hospitals offering to treat critical coronavirus patients from France

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  • Reported in: Issue189
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: EU
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Conspiracy theory, EU disintegration
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After the COVID-19 pandemic Italy or Germany may leave the EU

After the coronavirus the only way to prevent Italy from leaving the EU will be to buy it. Is Germany ready to pump tens of billions, possibly trillions into this? If Germany starts saving the EU too enthusiastically, social pressures within the country will lead to the regime change.

There is no sense for Germany to remain in the EU as well, it is only beneficial for poor countries. If Italy receives a lot of money from the EU, then it is worth for it to stay it, but is it worth for Germany to drag Italy on its shoulders?

 

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Baseless speculation consistent with a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the imminent collapse of the EU.

The European Union is taking steps to cushion the blow of the pandemic 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. Read more about the EU's response to the COVID-19 pandemic here.

The coronavirus will cause the collapse of Ukraine

Ukraine may cease to exist and may collapse due to the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, Ukraine does not exist yet as a state.

Disproof

This is part of recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about coronavirus and alleged "Ukrainian disintegration". Consistent with pro-Kremlin narratives alleging that Ukraine is a degrading state.

Ukraine is a well-defined nation-state which preserved language, literature and identity, despite foreign rule for long periods. It is a sovereign State whose borders are guaranteed by international agreements, de facto violated by Russia, which started a war in Ukraine.

The Schengen zone has collapsed

On Monday (the 16 March, 2020) the Schengen zone collapsed.  Border control was restored by Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Poland and Lithuania. There is no longer a Schengen zone with free movement between 26 states. And this is only the first step towards the abandoning of globalization in favor of rebuilding the nation-states. This is basically the collapse of the European idea and the transition to a different political culture and values.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the imminent collapse of the EU.

The Schengen zone has not collapsed. According to the Schengen border code: