Disinfo: The countries of Eastern and Central Europe are a “dead weight” for the European Union


The countries from the EU’s enlargement of 2004 and 2007 are a “dead weight” for the European Union. The EU acquired nearly 100 million consumers with low political culture – they are more “eaters” than innovators. These new EU citizens are extremely susceptible to manipulations – they are not used to taking responsibility for their actions.


This message is part of a larger Kremlin disinformation narrative about Eastern and Central Europe which includes messages such as the existence of full American control over this region, “colonial” status of the region, its complete economic decline, etc.

The direct accusations about 100 million inhabitants of the EU's newest member states being a “dead weight”, “eaters”, having a low political culture and lack of responsibility are groundless.

The enlargement rounds of 2004 and 2007 have been clearly perceived as an impressive success for the European Union and its new member states. After their EU accession, the countries of Central and Eastern Europe have made substantial social and economic success, turning into one of the most dynamic parts of the EU.

Read more about the EU enlargement here.

See other disinformation messages connected to Eastern and Central Europe - Eastern European countries in NATO are under Washington’s political and military control, Eastern European countries are under the influence of Western special services and The global deep state turned Eastern Europe in a territory of plunder and devastation.

The same article contained another disinformation message that the USA invented the Skripal case, coup d'état in Ukraine and Navalny poisoning to spread an anti-Russian attitudes.


  • Reported in: Issue 217
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: EU, Russia, US
  • Keywords: culture, Eastern Europe, Central Europe, EU/NATO enlargement, Economic difficulties


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