Disinfo: The EU’s approach toward Poland and Hungary could be compared to communist methods


The approach of the EU regarding the Union budget toward Poland and Hungary could be compared to communist methods. Both countries do not want the financial resources to be assigned under a condition of respect for the rule of law. It is clearly a way of threatening them and of gaining more influence.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation drawing linkages between the EU and the Soviet Union. Goals and values of the EU are laid out in the Lisbon Treaty and the EU Charter of fundamental rights. They include promoting peace, EU values and the well-being of its citizens, offering freedom, security and justice without internal borders; and human dignity, freedom, democracy and rule of law, among others.

Soviet Union was a totalitarian regime that restricted the abovementioned rights of its citizens.

For updates on EU budget negotiations see here.

See further debunks on the European Union here.


  • Reported in: Issue 224
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/12/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Czech
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: EU, Hungary, Poland
  • Keywords: EU budget, Rule of law
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Disinfo: NATO strengthens its power near the border with peaceful Russia

NATO strengthens its power near the border with Russia. Alliance justify it by “Russian threat”. The Baltic states – for example, Lithuania – made hight-costs defence contracts with the US, explaining it by the threat of “Russian aggression”. The Baltic states deploy the military contingents of NATO on their territory.

Moscow many times said that it will not assault any country, and the Western alliance knows it.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative, portraying NATO as an aggressor.

NATO suspended practical cooperation with Russia in 2014, because of Russia's actions against Ukraine, including the illegal and illegitimate annexation of Crimea. NATO has a dual track approach to Russia: strong deterrence and defence, including through the Enhanced Forward Presence in Poland and the Baltic States, and meaningful dialogue. Learn more about NATO-Russia relations here.