Disinfo: The Fourth Reich is coming

Summary

The world can find itself, in front of the “Fourth Reich”, where German law extended its authority to the entire European Union, and the German parliament and the government gained the right to bring the European Central Bank under their control.

Disproof

Disinformation narrative on the so-called Fourth Reich, which has according to Pro-kremlin outlets been plotted by the EU, the Anglo-Saxons and Angela Merkel. The article also contains a second disinformation narrative about Germany aiming to dominate the EU

Germany is a democratic country. The Bundesrat participates in legislation, alongside the Bundestag, the directly elected representation of the people of Germany. Any parallel to the Nazi Third Reich is unsubstantiated. 

Furthermore, the EU’s standard decision-making procedure is known as 'Ordinary Legislative Procedure’ (ex "codecision"). This means that the directly elected European Parliament has to approve EU legislation together with the Council (the governments of the 27 EU countries).

On the other hand, the Governing Council which is the main decision-making body of the ECB,  consists of the six members of the Executive Board, plus the governors of the national central banks of the 19 euro area countries.

 

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 SBU is today’s Gestapo

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has been named Gestapo on the territory of “de jure Ukraine”. The crimes committed by the SBU are without limits. They commit atrocities both against the peaceful population of the Ukraine and the citizens of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republic.

A report by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) published in June 2016 found that the SBU detained and tortured people incommunicado and confirms the existence of secret SBU prisons.

Disproof

This is a new take on an already well known Russian disinformation narrative, attempting to portray Ukraine as a Nazi state.

The June 2016 report by the OHCHR on human rights in Ukraine did highlight that arbitrary detentions and torture, several of them committed by the SBU, are a considerable problem. The scale of these detentions is unknown. The report notes that in early 2015, 72 people might have been detained in the Kharkiv SBU. The report also emphasizes that the majority of the incidents were committed in the conflict zone at the time.

US embassy promotes sex between minors

Gay flags appeared on the buildings of American diplomatic missions in many countries, such as Russia, Israel, Latvia, Poland, South Korea, Switzerland, Germany and Italy. Russia responded to this provocative US move by saying that any manifestations of propagating unconventional sexual relations between minors in Russia are unacceptable.

Disproof

This disinformation message is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Western moral decay, as well as imposing on countries values that destroy the moral foundations of traditional societies.

The narrative about “threatened values” is adapted to a wide range of topics and typically used to discredit liberal Western attitudes about the rights of women, ethnic and religious minorities and LGBTQ groups, among others. According to this narrative, the “effeminate West” is rotting under the onslaught of decadence, feminism, homosexuality and “political correctness”, while Russia defends traditional family values.

Extension of European sanctions on Syria is a crime against humanity

The European Union’s extension of its measures against Syria, in parallel with Washington’s implementation of the Caesar Act and in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, rises to the level of a crime against humanity.

Western countries are hypocrites, crying about the humanitarian situation in terrorist-controlled areas, while imposing an economic blockade on the entire Syrian people.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin disnformation narrative about sanctions against the Syrian regime trying to portray them as illegal and targeting the Syrian population.

The EU and US sanctions do not target the Syrian population but individuals and companies who are involved with a political regime that has committed war crimes. See our video here for further details.