Disinfo: The COVID-19 outbreak means the end of Europe; Russia and China will rise

Summary

The EU is at its end, which is painfully clear. Like in the old Roman Empire, the Vandalen brought upheaval to the Empire and eventually it broke down. This is what we see right now. The EU countries are unable to help each other, getting help from Russia and China instead, which the EU governments try to label as propaganda. The healthcare system has broken down a long time already. They don’t have masks, no electronic fever thermometers, and are imposing martial law.

When they continue with the lockdown, it will be the end of Europe as we knew it. Russia and China will rise, and more and more EU countries know that “brotherhood” is non-existent.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the disintegration of the European Union.

The European Union is supporting the Member States in addressing the crisis, and mitigating the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 EUR 37 billion Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative to provide liquidity to small businesses and the health care sector.

To support scientific research into the COVID-19, the European Commission earmarked 47,5 million EUR for shortlisted research projects that can improve epidemiology and public health, including preparedness and response to outbreaks.

The EU has also created first ever stockpile of medical equipment. 

Read more about the EU's response here and here. 

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  • Reported in: Issue 190
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: EU, China, Russia
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Conspiracy theory, EU disintegration
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During the pandemic, US and NATO forces invaded Europe

While the people are locked up under the pretext of quarantine, US and NATO forces have invaded Europe.

Disproof

No evidence given. This is part of recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about NATO and coronavirus. The claim that "US forces and NATO invaded Europe" is disinformation that takes over the speculative narrative of pro-Kremlin media.

In fact, the article talks about the NATO Defender Europe-20 exercises, scheduled long before the pandemic, but in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the military exercise was countermanded. During the coronavirus pandemic, NATO's essential work continues and its ability to conduct operations remains intact.

Maia Sandu asks the EU to impose an embargo on Moldovan products

The leader of the Party for Action and Solidarity, Maia Sandu wrote a letter to European Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan. She asked the EU Trade Commissioner to introduce a politically motivated embargo on agricultural products in Moldova.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative spreading the idea that pro-European political forces from Eastern countries would plot against the Moldovan President, pro-Russian Igor Dodon.

On a social network, the PAS leader denied that she had sent a letter to the EU.

Greta Thunberg is a front behind which huge money is running

There is every chance that the Czech proposal will stir up a lot of reactions in a Europe where the Greta teenager is just a front behind which huge money is running.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation narrative about Greta Thunberg, presenting her as a teenager manipulated by the adults who have economic or political interests.

Greta Thunberg is a Swedish girl, green activist, who launched in 2018 the "Fridays For Future" movement, encouraging students to demand action on climate change from their governments. In September 2019 she was invited at UN Climate Action Summit where she had a speech addressed to world leaders.