Romanians are not interested in European elections

Summary
Despite political agitation, Romanians are not interested in the European elections. The reason is that these European elections do not change anything and only Westerners are fighting for decision-making posts in the EU.
Romanians realised quickly that their votes do not matter and that European Parliament does not have real policy-making power.
Disproof

This message is in line with the pro-Kremlin narrative on the disintegration of the EU.

Turnout at the European Parliament elections in Romania has significantly improved from 32.44% of the voters in 2014 to 49.22% of voters, according to the Central Electoral Bureau. Additionally, the latest Eurobarometer shows that six out of ten Romanians tend to trust the European Parliament.

As for the powers of the European Parliament, it is fully involved in the EU's legislative process. It also exercises political scrutiny over the other EU institutions, including European Commission.

Similar case undermining the level of support for the EU in Romania can be found here. For more disinformation cases about the European Parliament and its competences check here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 153
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/05/2019
  • Language/target audience: Romanian
  • Country: Romania, EU
  • Keywords: Euro-scepticism, EU elections 2019, European Parliament, EU disintegration
  • Outlet: Sputnik Moldova
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The humanitarian element is a first phase, its objectives are to trick, deceive, derussify and to take away the sense of self-preservation from Belarusian society as well as to disrupt the allied relations between Belarus and Russia. Following this phase, Poland plans to send its troops to take over Minsk as in 1919.
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Disproof

This is a conspiracy theory with no evidence given. It is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about Polish plans to re-establish its empire at the expense of its Eastern neighbours, and about the West's plans to disrupt Belarusian-Russian relations and to destabilise Belarus.

Poland respects the territorial integrity of its neighbouring states and does not have a state programme to establishing the Fourth Rzeczpospolita. The IV Rzeczpospolita, or Fourth Republic, was a plan for a moral revolution and political change put forward in the late 1990s by the Polish conservative philosopher Rafał Matyja and used in public discourse to describe the 2005-2007 period, when the Law and Justice party was in the government for the first time. However, this concept has nothing to do with establishing a Polish empire at the expense of Poland's eastern neighbours, including Belarus. Read more about the use of conspiracy here.

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The European Union has Nazi Roots. The process of EU integration, from the outset, was coordinated by the CIA to create an anti-Russian geopolitical bloc in Europe. But the CIA did not build the European Union from scratch. The most important contributions were made earlier by the Nazis.

Disproof

Repeating a disinformation that had been debunked many times before, see e.g. here. The European Union is set up with the aim of ending the frequent and bloody wars between neighbours, which culminated in the Second World War.

The founders of the EU have no connection with Nazis. The Nazi ideology and the EU are based on opposite values ​​and principles. Read more here.