Europe is not united, Europe is tired of USA dictates

Summary

Europe is not united. Relations between Russia and EU, between European countries are difficult. The reason is the presence of US. Everywhere.

EU doesn’t carry out its obligations within international agreements. For example in Ukraine, EU doesn’t keep pressure on Ukraine to follow the Minsk agreements, EU closes its eyes on situation in Donbas. EU recognised Guaido immediately in Venezuela. The case with Iran was Europe’s disgrace. And all is because of pressure from USA. It is true that Europe is tired of US dictates. EU wants to cooperate with Russia, Iran, and China. But the USA don’t allow it.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on the United States dictating EU and member state policies. Europe is not occupied by the US. Sovereignty of the EU member states is not limited. Similar examples can be found here, here and here.This is a classical pro-Kremlin narrative, trying to undermine sovereignty of the West. Member states of the EU are independent and sovereign countries.

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  • Reported in: Issue 151
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/05/2019
  • Language/target audience: Armenian
  • Country: Europe, Russia, US
  • Keywords: US presence in Europe, The West, Europe
  • Outlet: Sputnik Armenia
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French President Emmanuel Macron calls for certain countries to be expelled from the EU

French President Macron is offering to expel member states from the EU. The union is falling to pieces. Thus, the talks about Georgia joining the EU are absurd and have to stop.

Disproof

A misrepresented quote. The text is referring to a letter published by Emmanuel Macron ahead of the EU elections. In the opinion piece, Macron proposed a series of reforms to "ensure the future of Europe". Macron did not call for certain countries to be expelled from the EU but criticised members of the Schengen area who do not follow the unified policy on asylum and immigration.

"All those who want to be part of it [Schengen area] should comply with obligations of responsibility (stringent border controls) and solidarity (a single asylum policy with common acceptance and refusal rules). We will need a common border force and a European asylum office, strict control obligations and European solidarity to which each country will contribute under the authority of a European Council for Internal Security."

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that the EU is falling apart.

European mainstream parties and media use Russpohobia to win the European elections

With European Parliament elections looming, the establishment parties and mainstream media are reaching for the playbook of US Democrats and hyping the specter of ‘Russia’ to drive voters away from the rising tide of populism.

It is the same as ‘Russiagate’ hysteria in the US – the same that failed to win the 2016 election for Hillary Clinton and the Democrats, failed to sway the electors into overruling the vote, failed to get Trump impeached, but succeeded in lining the pockets of various experts and think-tank grifters, as well as media figures willing to play fast and loose with facts.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russophobia.

Russia's attempts at interfering in democratic processes in the US and Europe have been well documented. 

Current socio-economic situation of Poland is worse than in the communist times

In many areas, the III RP (The Third Republic – a term used to describe Poland after 1989) is not even close to the achievements of the Polish People’s Republic (PRL – a term used to describe Poland under communist regime, 1944-1989), starting from unemployment levels.

In no other EU country is the income inequality indicator as high as in Poland.

Disproof

No evidence given. Examples used in the text are part of a recurring narrative glorifying repressive communist regimes in Central and Eastern Europe. See examples here and here.

Under the communist regime, unemployment didn't officially exist, and the full employment was named as a target in the constitution of 1952. In fact, the inefficient labour market, along with overblown state administration created a separate category of unemployment - so called 'unemployment in places of employment'. It meant that even though everybody was employed officially, many people were in fact redundant - some data say that this phenomenon reached as many as 50% of employed people. Moreover, no reliable data about economy in the Polish People’s Republic is available, as the state deceived their public and each other with the statistics.