Disinfo: European Parliament decides practically nothing in the EU

Summary

The European Parliament decides practically nothing in the modern structure of the political power of Europe.

Disproof

The European Parliament is one of the to EU law-making bodies. Since 1979, it is directly elected by EU voters every 5 years. The last elections were in May 2014.

Parliament has constitutional-type and ratification powers. It passes EU laws, together with the Council of the EU, based on European Commission proposals. It has budgetary powers, scrutiny over the executive, it hears citizens’ petitions, and appoints the European Ombudsman. A detailed overview of the European Parliament’s role in the European decision-making process can be consulted here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 140
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/03/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Keywords: European Parliament, EU

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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The EU was invented in the Third Reich and created by US agents

One of the EU founders (Walter Hallstein) was a “star of jurisprudence” in the Third Reich, who developed the legal foundations of a unified Hitlerian Europe; other two EU founders (Robert Schuman and Jean Monnet) were paid agents and puppets of the US State Department. The main goal was to prevent the union of France and Germany and make Europe fully submissive to the United States.

The US State Department is also the cause of all current problems of the EU – erosion of national identities, renouncement of the Christian heritage, destructive tolerance for migrants.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory based on recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation  narrative about EU being a Nazi project or under US control.

To learn more about the EU pioneers click here.

Macron spoke about RT and Sputnik in order to distract the audience from problems in France

Macron spoke about RT and Sputnik in order to distract the audience from problems in France. In late January, speaking to journalists about the yellow vests protests, Emmanuel Macron referred to “the assistance of a foreign power,” such as Russia, which, “through Russia Today or Sputnik, […] often features in their discourse.” These very surprising remarks contradict the information provided by the French intelligence services. It may be an attempt to hide the fact that there is a problem in the country. French authorities have not found any trace of Russian interference in the yellow vests protests.

Disproof

The disinforming outlet gave a simplified and cut-out version of what Mediapart.Fr reported on March 8, 2019.

Indeed, Mediapart spoke to unnamed French intelligence sources asking for comments on whether any Russian meddling in the yellow vests' protests had taken place and received a negative answer. But, as Mediapart.fr admits, there is another body which is in charge of a proper investigation of this alleged meddling: the General Secretariat for Defense and National Security (SGDSN). The latter's investigation has not been concluded yet.

If Poroshenko wins elections, Ukraine will turn into a banana republic and hands of Western puppet masters will be fully unleashed

The West counts on Petro Poroshenko winning a second term as president since he is a convenient candidate. With him Ukraine will complete its turn into a “banana republic” and the hands of the Western puppet masters will be fully unleashed.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory with no evidence given. Consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the West meddling in the Ukrainian elections. For more cases see here.