Disinfo: The EU will start to collapse in five years

Summary

Over the next five years, the internal split of the European Union will continue to deepen. And no later than 2040 – 2050, the European Union will cease to exist. Only the configuration of fragments resulting from this collapse is subject to discussion.

Disproof

This claim exploits the coronavirus pandemic to push a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the EU's alleged imminent collapse. In 2017, the leaders of the EU countries adopted and signed the Rome Declaration setting out a joint vision for the years to come. "We have united for the better. Europe is our common future," they said in the Declaration. The EU leaders pledged to work towards a safe and secure Europe, a prosperous and sustainable Europe, a social Europe and a stronger Europe on the global scene. The European Commission is coordinating a common European response to the COVID-19 crisis and is supporting the Member States in tackling the pandemic and in mitigating its economic consequences, check HERE to follow up the progress of support between the EU institutions and the 27 member states. See similar disinformation cases alleging that the EU may collapse because of the COVID-19 crisis in our database: bureaucracy leads to the collapse of the EU, European Union will collapse soon, coronavirus has destroyed the EU, coronavirus in Italy stripped down European unity, coronavirus epidemic disrupted European unity and accelerated EU disintegration, and EU is collapsing.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 204
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/07/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: EU
  • Keywords: European Council, European Commission, EU disintegration, European Union

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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The Hague district court showed new “evidence” indicating that the flight MH17 was taken down by a Buk missile. The investigation stubbornly continues spreading the Buk narrative, denying the facts indicating an explosion inside the plane cabin. However, a Russian independent investigator is convinced that this “evidence” is another element invented as a distraction to reinforce the official version of the investigation. According to him, his Malaysian colleagues found long time ago an old radio recording edited in several parts. The expert believes that investigators may tamper the conversation register in a convenient way for them.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the downing of the flight MH17 over Ukraine, aiming to discredit the criminal trial and the Joint Investigation Team (JIT). There years ago, this same Russian 'independent expert', Yuriy Antipov, claimed that MH-17 crashed because of an explosion on board. He claimed that a bomb was planted on the aeroplane in the Netherlands. Also, in 2017, Antipov said that a BUK missile system, shown on videos by the Investigation Team (JIT), was brought there by Ukrainian forces. The results of the investigation of the Joint Investigation Team are clear: flight MH17 was shot down by a missile from the 9M38 series, which was launched by the BUK TELAR system. The system was transported from the Russian Federation to an agricultural field near the city of Pervomaiskiy in eastern Ukraine, from where the rocket was launched. After firing, the system with one missing missile returned to the Russian Federation. On May 24 2018, JIT announced in its conclusion that the Buk belongs to the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, a unit of the Russian armed forces in Kursk, Russian Federation. The public hearing on the incident started on 9 March 2020 in the Netherlands. There is no proof that any of the evidence has been manipulated or falsified by the JIT. In order to find out the cause of the crash, the Joint Investigation Team investigated all human remains, personal belongings and wreckage of the aircraft found in the vicinity of the disaster site. The traces were secured and investigated and compared by experts. In addition, the JIT sought and heard witnesses and experts, analysed radar and satellite images, assessed large amounts of telecom data such as intercepted telephone conversations and analysed big data. Read more about the investigation here. You can see other examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation on the MH17 case in our database, such as claims that JIT tampered with the evidence; that the plane was not downed by a BUK missile, but rather by a Ukrainian fighter; that the plane crash was triggered by an explosion on board; that the trial in The Hague is not justice but information warfare; that the irrefutable evidence of Russia’s innocence is being rejected; or that both the MH17 and the Skripal cases are anti-Russian provocations.

Israel knew 9/11 was coming

Israel clearly knew 9/11 was coming, witness the Five Dancing Shlomos cavorting and filming themselves in New Jersey as the twin towers went down.

Disproof

A conspiracy theory, presented entirely without sources or facts to support the claims. The claim of Israelis dancing of joy while the Twin Towers collapsed is a myth that has been debunked several times. Fact-checking site Snopes has extensive material on false claims of Israeli connections to the 9/11.

European observers noted the level of organisation of voting in Russia

European experts closely watched how the voting took place in Russia. They noted the high level of organisation of security measures and the electronic voting. The French are interested in the Russian system. They believe that it can be an example to the rest.  

Disproof

One of the disinformation narratives about voting on amendments to the Russian Constitution. According to the independent observers, such large-scale fraud as during the voting on constitutional amendments, has not been seen since 2011. In just six days of voting on constitutional amendments, the movement for voter rights "Golos" received 682 messages with signs of violations. Activists identified several types of violations: abuse of authority and illegal activities of election commissions, coercion to vote, illegal campaigning by election commissions, state bodies and officials, multiple voting, ballot box stuffing and violation of voting secrecy. As for the European observers, BBC Russian analysed who was coming from abroad to monitor voting and stated that most of those invited "European experts" were actually already closely connected with Russia, with some known abroad for their far-right views. Moreover, on July 2, the European Union urged Moscow to investigate all allegations of election wrongdoing and issued a reminder about Russia’s international treaty responsibilities.