Disinfo: Macron urged EU countries to abandon their sovereignty


French President Emmanuel Macron urged EU countries to abandon their sovereignty.


In fact, the French president did not urge the EU countries to abandon their sovereignty. In his speech to the Bundestag he said: "Europe, and within it the Franco-German couple, have the obligation not to let the world slip into chaos and to guide it on the road to peace (...) That's why Europe must be stronger... and win more sovereignty".

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about EU' sovereignty.


  • Reported in: Issue 126
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/11/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Germany, France
  • Keywords: European army, EU, Emmanuel Macron, European Union, Sovereignty


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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Finnish Orthodox Church denies claims on support for Ukrainian Church’s autonomy

Finnish Orthodox Church denies the claim of the Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko that it supports the autocephaly of the Church of Ukraine.


No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

Following the meeting between the president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko with the Primate of the Finnish Orthodox Church, His Eminence Archbishop Leo emphasized that "Ukrainians have the right to create their own church, as Finns had 100 years ago". A spokesperson of the Finnish Orthodox Church confirmed to the Insider that it did not deny the statements of the Ukrainian president.