Disinfo: EU will fall apart in 20-30 years

Summary

The coronavirus pandemic in Europe caused an economic shock of a completely unexpected magnitude. The EU is losing its unity, its’ countries are in deep crisis. The EU project will die no later than 2040-2050.

Disproof

This claim exploits the coronavirus pandemic to push a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the EU's alleged imminent collapse. There is no evidence to support the claim that the pandemic is resulting in the death, or obsolescence, of the EU. 

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 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.

EU Member States are helping each other in this crisis; for example, German hospitals have offered to treat critical coronavirus patients from France as well as taking in patients from Italy and the Czech Republic has sent masks to Italy.

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

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 205
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/07/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: EU
  • Keywords: EU budget, coronavirus, Euro-scepticism, EU disintegration

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Recurrent narrative about non democratic Europe as opposed to Russia's democracy. The same video contained another disinformation message about so called Western "values" being a denial of human value.

Democracy and rule of law involve certain mechanisms in the institutions that allow the state to express the will of people and respect the rights of individuals and minority groups. As the Council of Europe states, it is not necessarily the rule of the majority against the minorities if the right of minorities are violated. Democracy is not about the popularity of its leader, on the contrary, regimes for which the leaders are the most well known and popular are often autocracy, monarchy, tyranny and dictatorship. Popularity polls cannot be used as a way to legitimize one political regime against another one.

As a result of the revolt in the US, pro-Trump whites are marked for political, economic, cultural if not physical extermination

In US’s multi-racial cities governed by democrats, people know that their businesses and their homes have no protection against the revolts and looting.

In the US today, the self-esteem of whites has almost totally collapsed. The forces of evil have succeded. The white race is now split: white liberals on the one hand and pro-Trump whites on the other. The latter are marked for political, economic, cultural if not physical extermination.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that depicts the racial justice protests in US as a civil war, as a colour revolution or coup d’état  orchestrated by democratic party planners,  as the disintegration or systemic collapse of American society.

The article states that the anti-racist protests in the US are provoking a total collapse of public order in many cities and will lead to the political and economic exclusion of non-liberal or pro-Trump whites from American society, and possibly to their physical extermination. The article thus suggests that a scenario of civil war-like conflict and mass repression is taking place in the US. These claims do not reflect reality.

Western countries deliberately rewrite the history of World War II

Revision of Second World War history is being pushed forward by official representatives of Western countries and is intended to diminish the contribution of the Soviet Union to the victory over National Socialism.

We observe many attempts to present history in a completely different light. For example, when official representatives of Western countries summarise the results of the Second World War, and only highlight the contribution of the US and Britain. They deliberately ignore the key role of the Soviet Union in the victory over fascism and thus try to revise the results of the Nuremberg Trials.

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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about WWII that is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism.

Western historians and officials acknowledge the role played by the USSR in defeating Nazism and do not question the Soviet contribution to the victory in WWII nor the status of the USSR as a country which helped win WWII.