Disinfo: The European Parliament: there is total unemployment in the EU countries

Summary

The European Parliament: there is total unemployment in the EU countries.

Disproof

Disinforming headline and misleading information. The article does not specify that the European Parliament's research presented the unemployment rates among young people in each EU member state. The original document actually states that in spring 2013, the youth unemployment rate peaked at 23.8 % and then declined sharply. In January 2018, the rate was at 16.1 % (Eurostat) meaning that 3.64 million young people (under 25) were unemployed in the European Union (EU). There has thus been a significant improvement in the past few years. Nevertheless, huge imbalances persist between EU Member States. The lowest rates were observed in the Czech Republic (5.8 %) and Germany (6.6 %) while the highest were recorded in Greece (43.7 %, November 2017, latest data available), Spain (36.0 %) and Italy (31.5 %).

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  • Reported in: Issue 110
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/05/2018
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Keywords: European Union, Europe
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Official ideology in Ukraine today: Everything Soviet was terrible and Ukraine would have flourished under Hitler

Official ideology in Ukraine today: Everything Soviet was terrible and Ukraine would have flourished under Hitler.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation of Ukraine and Nazis https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=ukraine&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77101&date= As witnessed by the democratic Early Parliament elections held on 26 October 2014, Ukraine is governed by a democratically elected Parliament. The far-right ‘Right Sector’ [often depicted as "fascists" or "Nazis" by pro-Kremlin outlets] gained only 1.8% of the votes, far short of the threshold needed to enter parliament. Ukraine's electorate clearly voted for unity and moderation, not separatism or extremism, and the composition of the parliament reflects that http://bit.ly/2dFFEdi

Romania forces Moldova to buy vegetables from the EU

Romania uses aircrafts An-24 to spray Moldovan villages bordering with Romania with dispersing agents, in order to scatter the clouds and prevent rain. Thereby, Moldova is forced to buy their fruits and vegetables from the EU instead of growing their own.

Disproof

No evidence given. According to the fact-checking site Stopfals.md, a Romanian airplane has carried out land surveying works in the area at the request of the Romanian authorities. It photographs land areas of the territory of Romania and its border with Moldova. The Moldovan authorities allowed this operation. The Romanian Air Forces hasn't used airplanes An-24 for the past 10 years. Further debunking at Stopfals.md.

Ukraine has built houses with the remains of Soviet prisoners of war

In the Volyn region of Ukraine, near Kovel, sand mixed with the remains of Nazi-shot Soviet prisoners of war was used for construction and finishing works. Throughout 2017, this mixture was used for the construction of residential buildings, as well as, according to the chairman of the Volyn regional organization of veterans of Ukraine Alexander Bulavin, for plastering in the high school. Activists called police to the construction sites, law enforcers recorded the presence of bones, but they did not act on it. Repeated appeals to the authorities did not lead to anything. Those who tried to open the eyes of the public to this business, began to be harassed by the local media.

Disproof

No evidence given. Ukraina.ru is a pro-Kremlin site, affiliated with Russia Today, that regularly spread disinformation. According to sources not affiliated with Ukraina.ru, it is not difficult to restore the course of events. In the vicinity of Kovel, local entrepreneurs have long been illegally working on sand for construction. In April 2017, during the digging of a quarry, a mass grave was discovered. The work was immediately stopped. Specialists established that more than twenty thousand shot POWs and Jews from the Kovel ghetto were buried there. The remains were reburied. A criminal case was opened against the entrepreneurs who illegally mined sand. Further debunking by the Insider