Disinfo: Coronavirus catastrophic situation ends 500 years of European global domination

Summary

Europe has become the largest problem of the world due to the inability of the Europeans for a timely assessment of the Coronavirus danger, which has changed the continent into a global centre of this infection. The history of the Coronavirus puts an end to the 500 years of global domination of Europe – the “Sick Man of the World” cannot be an example for others by default. The situation with the Coronavirus also put an end to the “soft power” of Europe – in the eyes of the entire world, Europe has turned into the symbol of defeat, catastrophe, stupidity, irresponsibility and sloppiness.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s disinformation campaign around the Coronavirus epidemic – it promotes a narrative of the imminent collapse of the EU due to the problems caused by the Coronavirus epidemic. The message about the alleged collapse of Europe due to the Coronavirus epidemic is a conspiracy theory and an element of the anti-European propaganda of the Kremlin.

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 fiscal rules, has revised its State Aid rules and proposed to set up a €37 billion Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative to provide liquidity to small businesses and the health care sector.

To provide all EU Member States with essential medical equipment, the EU has created the European stockpile of ventilators, masks and lab supplies. This medical and protective equipment is available to any EU country. The Commission will finance 90% of this stockpile through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism (RescEU).

To support scientific research into the COVID-19, the European Commission has earmarked €47.5 million for shortlisted research projects that can improve epidemiology and public health, including preparedness and response to outbreaks. The EU has also created its first-ever stockpile of medical equipment. 

See other disinformation messages connected to the Coronavirus epidemic - Coronavirus will cause the dissolution of the EU and NATOPentagon-funded biological laboratories involved in creation of CoronavirusThe Baltic states may not survive the coronavirus-related economic crisis and Germany called for lifting sanctions against Russia because of Coronavirus.

More on EU repsonse to the COVID-19 outbreak here

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  • Reported in: Issue 191
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: EU
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Conspiracy theory, EU disintegration, Propaganda

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Western market economies leave the old and the uninsured without medical assistance during the epidemic

Some Western tools in the fight with the Coronavirus remind the theory of natural selection. How can they treat older people in such a way? In the case of Iran, no one has heard about old people being left without medical assistance. The attitude towards the old is one of the indicators of civilization. Also, would someone without an insurance be cured in the USA – no. We are not ready for the coronavirus epidemic because we have destroyed a social state. The virus has shown that the market economy is naked.

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This message is part of the Kremlin’s disinformation campaign around the Coronavirus epidemic – it promotes a narrative of failing Western efforts in the fight with the epidemic.

The message that the Western states limit the access of the older and uninsured population to medical care in conditions of the Coronavirus epidemics is a conspiracy theory. The main focus of the medical and social services of Western states is to assist the older population as it is the main risk group for this disease.

In conditions of an epidemic, the EU continues to promote the concept of the “Russian enemy”

The Russian aid to Italy was perceived in quite a strange way by some European media – French President Emmanuel Macron had also shown concerns about it. This situation shows that the EU continues to keep the concept of the Russian enemy alive. A similar concept of the “Chinese enemy” appeared in the USA as there were attempts to call the Coronavirus a “Chinese virus”. It is pure racism – unfortunately, there will be no quick reconciliation.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s disinformation campaign around the Coronavirus epidemic and the alleged Russophobic policies of the European Union. It promotes the idea that in the situation of the Coronavirus pandemic, the West should forget about all existing political disagreements with Russia.

Evidence is emerging that there are significant shortcomings with the aid sent by Russia, with one report estimating that up to 80% of this aid is ineffective. The Russian aid delivered to Italy is mainly composed of various equipment for disinfecting the streets. This type of equipment is not urgently required in Italy and has been described as a Russian “geopolitical and diplomatic charm offensive”.

NATO has completely exhausted its reasons to exist during the Coronavirus pandemic

NATO has completely exhausted its reasons to exist. Today, it is some kind of a structure, which realises the commercial interests of the American military-industrial complex. In the situation caused by the pandemic, it is possible that the Americans may lose their interest and faith in the maintenance of this organisation. Particularly, if NATO member states will revise their budgets reducing their expenses for defence.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation message about NATO as a geopolitical project of the US. NATO is presented as an instrument used by the American military-industrial complex for the promotion of its commercial interests.

The statement that the USA may lose interest in NATO because its member states may reduce their defence budgets because of the Coronavirus pandemics is a conspiracy theory.