Disinfo: Italy is alone defending itself from coronavirus, without any help from hypocritical EU

Summary

Italy is forced to defend itself from the coronavirus pandemic by itself, without any help from other EU member states. The unprecedented assistance given to Italy by China, Russia and Cuba showed the world the real meaning of solidarity, in contrast to Europe’s hypocritical values. Many Italian politicians, and not only anti-EU ones, have begun discussing the possibility of an “Italexit”, a withdrawal of Italy from the EU.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative claiming that the EU and other EU countries have not shown any solidarity towards Italy in its fight against the coronavirus, while Russia, China and Cuba have shown such solidarity. This message is consistent with the narrative that the EU is failing to cope with the COVID-19 crisis and is disintegrating as a result. This narrative of EU failure and lack of EU solidarity is trending after the delivery of Russian aid to Italy. These narratives also aim to pit the EU Member States against each other in an attempt to undermine European solidarity - another recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation tactic. The European Commission is coordinating a common European response to the COVID-19 crisis and is supporting the Member States in tackling the pandemic and in mitigating its economic consequences. EU countries are showing solidarity with the countries most affected by the coronavirus pandemic by helping to treat the patients and protect health workers. Critically ill patients from Italy and France are treated in Germany, Austria, Luxembourg; millions of medical masks and other protective equipment have been sent to Italy. Read more about European solidarity in action here. 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 the EU's 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. The Commission is further increasing its response by proposing to set up a €100 billion solidarity instrument to help workers keep their incomes and businesses stay afloat, called SURE. It is also proposing to redirect all available structural funds to the response to the coronavirus. To support scientific research into COVID-19, the European Commission earmarked 47,5 million EUR for shortlisted research projects that can improve epidemiology and public health, including preparedness and response to outbreaks. The EU also created the first-ever stockpile of medical equipment. Read more about the EU's response here. Read a similar case claiming that the EU is dead, it abandoned Italy, and only Russia, China and Cuba gave a helping hand.

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  • Reported in: Issue 193
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/04/2020
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Country: China, EU, Cuba, Italy, Russia
  • Keywords: coronavirus, EU disintegration, European Union
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Conspiracy theory, with no evidence provided to support any of the claims. This is part of a disinformation campaign on coronavirus, well documented by both media and governments. Elements of this campaign were widely reported by Russian and international publications, and by the European External Action Service. The EUvsDisinfo database has a long set of Kremlin-linked disinformation cases on this subject, such as claims that Bill Gates and George Soros are sponsoring the coronavirus, that it is a UK, US or NATO creation and Americans have its cure, that it is an artificial disease which specifically targets Chinese DNA, that it is a pretext to gain control of the world’s population, that it was created with economic goals while big pharma companies are spreading panic for their own profits, that it is a biological weapon against Russia and China, that it will wipe out Ukraine’s population in a few days or that it was predicted by Nostradamus and others. The claim that Gates Foundation has a link with the ”creation” of Coronavirus is based on the fact that Bill and Melinda Gates finance some researches projects of Pirbright Institute, a centre of excellence in research and surveillance of virus diseases of farm animals and viruses that spread from animals to humans, based in the UK. On January 24, 2020, Pirbright institute posted a press release explaining that the organisation have no link with the new COVID-19. This disinformation message appeared in the same article as the claim that "The most powerful virus has been brought to Italy by Gladio, NATO's secret terrorist network".

Only 17 or 18 really died from COVID-19 in Italy

There might only be 17 or 18 real deaths from the coronavirus (in Italy).

Corpses are being burned today without referring to a doctor and without a certificate to mention the reason for death whereas everyone who died in Italy is being labelled as “death by coronavirus”.

Disproof

This is a conspiracy theory to showcase that the Italian government is deliberately hiding the number of coronavirus cases and deaths. It is part of the ongoing pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign around the coronavirus.

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Disproof

A common pro-Kremlin narrative on “lost sovereignty” - in the case of Poland, this country is often presented as a “puppet-state” of the United States, which fully controls the domestic and foreign policy of this country. Poland is a sovereign state, which develops its own national security strategy, which is based on the national interests of Poland. See other examples of this message claiming that Polish policy towards Ukraine is shaped by the Americans, the US keeps Poland on a short anti-Russian leash, and Poland is a Trojan Horse of the United States.