Disinfo: The EU wants Italy to choose between letting its economy die or committing economic suicide

Summary

The EU wants Italy to choose between the following two options: to let the Italian economy die or commit economic suicide by implementing “Greek-style financial recipes”.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin and anti-EU narrative blaming the EU and “EU elites” for being controlling and for impoverishing Italy and imposing harsh austerity policies that produce economic stagnation. No evidence given to support this claim.

In December 2018 the European Commission, which monitors eurozone states’ budgets, refrained from initiating disciplinary steps against Italy over its growing debt. The European Commission has recommended initiating disciplinary procedures against Italy because the country has failed to comply with rules on public debt. The Commission report states:

Italy's general government gross debt reached 132.2% of GDP in 2018, well above the 60% of GDP reference value of the Treaty, and Italy did not comply with the debt reduction benchmark in 2018 based on outturn data. Moreover, Italy is not projected to comply with the debt reduction benchmark in either 2019 or 2020 based on both the government plans and the Commission 2019 spring forecast.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 155
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Country: Italy, Greece
  • Keywords: EU, Secret elites / global elites, Economic difficulties
  • Outlet: Sputnik Italia
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Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative casting civil uprisings in other states as US-funded "colour revolutions", also present in the case of Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, Venezuela. It is also consistent with multiple pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the US and its global role. 

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Disproof

No proof is given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative claiming that public protests (also known as colour revolutions) in various countries are organised/ financed by the US, and bringing into the mix two other narratives relevant for Georgia.

This is not the first time Biden is linked to Georgia. Previously Russian TV spread disinformation as if Joe Biden is behind the human organ trading organised by Mikheil Saakashvili and his wife.