Disinfo: France and Germany aim to use immigration as a weapon to weaken Italy economically and blackmail it politically


France and Germany aim to use immigration as a weapon to weaken Italy economically and blackmail it politically in order to punish Italy because Italian voters refuse to follow EU rules imposed by Paris and Berlin.  France and Germany seek to transform Italy into a refugee camp.


Conspiracy theory, no evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about mass immigration being used as a weapon by powerful Western elites to weaken and destabilize Italy and/or other European countries. Another common pro-Kremlin narrative is that the Franco-German axis allegedly controls the EU (examples here, here and here), and, in this particular case, seeks to undermine Italy’s national interests.

Many EU countries – including France and Germany – are becoming increasingly aware that mass irregular migration poses a serious challenge for Europe as a whole, not just for individual member states.   Italy, where most migrants end up if they make it across the Mediterranean, is demanding that the rest of the EU share its burden.

The June 2018 EU summit recognized the need for a common European policy to control and regulate migration flows, which should include measures aimed at tightening Europe’s external borders and providing support to countries of origin.

At the recent 22 July EU summit in Paris, France and Germany launched a new initiative to form a group of EU countries willing to systematically share the resettlement of migrants rescued in the Mediterranean. 14 countries have agreed to join this group.

For further background on EU migration and asylum policies see here and here.

For more disinfo cases on migration, see here.



  • Reported in: Issue 159
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/07/2019
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Country: Italy, Germany, France
  • Keywords: migration, Refugees, Secret elites / global elites, Migration crisis, Europe
  • Outlet: Sputnik Italia
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Ukrainian gunboats did not respond to the legitimate request to stop

On the 25th of November 2018 three Ukrainian gunboats Berdyansk, Nikopol and Yany Kapu, crossed the Russian maritime border in the Kerch Strait and were seized by Russia because they did not respond to the legitimate request to stop.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the November 2018 Kerch incident.

On 25 November 2018, border patrol boats belonging to Russia’s FSB security service seized two small Ukrainian armoured artillery vessels and a tug boat and their crews after shooting at them, wounding several Ukrainian servicemen and arresting 24. Russia argued that they were in Russian waters. The EU has urged Russia to release the captured crew.

EU institutions are merely tools to impose Franco-German hegemony over Europe

EU institutions are merely tools used by Paris and Berlin to impose Franco-German hegemony over Europe.


Conspiracy theory and a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative asserting that the EU is controlled by Germany and France and that the Berlin-Paris axis dominates other EU members (see examples here, here and here).

The EU is governed by the principle of representative democracy with citizens directly represented at Union level in the European Parliament and Member States represented in the European Council and the Council of the EU. The European Commission has a monopoly on the initiative in EU law-making and represents the Community interest.

Tinder will warn its users that Poland is a country dangerous for LGBT community

Tinder will warn its users that Poland is a country dangerous for LGBT community. A popular global dating application Tinder introduced “Traveller Alert”, which will warn its users about the countries potentially dangerous for representatives of the LGBT community. About 70 countries, such as Afghanistan, Tanzania, and Poland, are on the list.


The story is based on the article by The Independent, which, even though it mentions the current situation in Poland, does not say that Poland is on the Tinder's list of countries unsafe for the LGBT community.

The Tinder Traveller Alert will warn its LGBT users about countries that continue to enforce prejudiced laws against LGBT persons. Tinder will use the list of about 70 countries with anti-LGBT laws – this list was prepared by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA). This ILGA map presents the countries, where the Tinder Travel Alert will be on (red colour) – Poland is not among these countries. The full ILGA report on the state-sponsored homophobia is available here.