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: Issue 189
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: EU
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Conspiracy theory, EU disintegration
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No coincidence if coronavirus was patented in 2018

It is not just a coincidence how coronavirus appeared, or that it was created inside a laboratory, and that it comes within the framework of the wars of the sixth generation that are managed through smart weapons in times of peace.

The coronavirus is not far from this generation of bio-warfare. A US patent revealed that the virus was registered in 2018.

Disproof

Conspiracy theories about the 2019-nCoV coronavirus. There is no evidence that suggests that the coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is used as a weapon against other states or that is has been fabricated inside laboratories.

The claim that the United States has patented and owns the coronavirus goes back to viral incorrect claims that the virus, along with its vaccine is owned by the Pirbright Institute (a research institute in the UK), funded by the American Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The institute works to prevent viral diseases of livestock. The Pirbright Institute clarified that they don’t work with human coronaviruses and that a patent that they hold is unrelated to the current coronavirus linked to Wuhan COVID-19.

Italy tightened sanctions on the Russian people

The Italian government accepted tougher sanctions against the friendly Russian people.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative that sanctions against Russia aim to punish the Russian people. Opposite to these claims, sanctions were, in fact, introduced to send a clear signal to the Russian government after Russia's illegal annexation of the Ukrainian Crimean peninsula and the downing of the Malaysian passenger plane MH17.

The first round of EU sanctions against Russia was introduced on 17 March 2014. Later, in view of Russia's actions destabilising the situation in eastern Ukraine, the EU imposed economic sanctions in July 2014 and reinforced them in September 2014. The latest decision on a six-month extension of EU sanctions against Russia, which Italy also took, was on the 13th of March 2020 and extended the measures until 15 September 2020.