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Some countries in the EU vote like sheep

Summary of Disinformation

Some countries like Croatia, Greece, the Czech Republic, and Hungary speak out against sanctions. However, they go to these European Union meetings and vote for the sanctions like sheep.


No evidence given. This message is part of a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the undemocratic EU.

The EU's broad priorities are set by the European Council, which brings together national and EU-level leaders. Directly elected MEPs represent European citizens in the European Parliament. The interests of the EU as a whole are promoted by the European Commission, whose members are appointed by national governments. Governments defend their own country's national interests in the Council of the European Union. Read more about the EU decision making process here. In addition, operating on the basis of mutual agreement and cooperation, the EU respects the will of its members to opt-out from certain policies.

The EU is based on the equal rights of all its members. Article 5 of the Treaty on the European Union ensures the principle of subsidiarity, which guarantees that decisions are taken as closely as possible to the citizen and that constant checks are made to verify that action at EU level is justified in light of the possibilities available at national, regional or local level. It is the principle whereby the EU does not take action (except in the areas that fall within its exclusive competence) unless it is more effective than action taken at the national, regional or local level.

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Reported in: Issue 156
Date: 14.06.2019
Language: Russian
Country: Hungary, Greece, Croatia, Czech Republic, EU
Keywords: European Council, Democracy, Sanctions, Europe
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: 60 Minut @ Rossiya 1, time 36:06 - 36:19
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