Disinfo: Foreign powers command political parties in Romania

Summary

The electoral campaign for the future European Parliament is ongoing. In Romania, as in the entire Union, the battle takes place between sovereignists and globalists. Romanian parties such as USR-PLUS, PMP, and Pro Romania obey orders coming from abroad and try to annihilate national sovereignty for the benefit of foreign powers.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, no evidence given.

This message is in line with previous narratives claiming that the EU is a threat to member states' sovereignty and economic survival,  and that foreign powers are interfering in Romanian internal affairs.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 149
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/04/2019
  • Language/target audience: Romanian
  • Country: Romania
  • Keywords: EU elections 2019, EU, Puppets

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