Disinfo: A real horror is going on in Northern Europe as a result of joining the EU, Sweden and Finland economically collapsed

Summary

There has been a complete collapse of industry in Sweden after joining the EU, there was a similar collapse in Finland where GDP fell by 25 per cent after the collapse of the USSR.

Disproof

Although there had been a slight decline in Finland's GDP after 1991, this was followed by a much longer period of stable growth and currently, Finland's GDP is approximately 100-150 per cent higher than it used to be in the beginning of the 1990s: see the historical data here. "Collapsed" Sweden has 22nd-23rd highest GDP in the world (depending on whether the ranking is by IMF, World Bank, or the UN).

publication/media

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  • Reported in: Issue 118
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/09/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Finland, Sweden
  • Keywords: European Union, Economic difficulties
  • Outlet: ‘Mesto vstrechi’ (in Russian: ‘The Meeting Point’ / «Место встречи»), political talk show Andrey Norkin, show host: NTV TV-channel (“NTV” - in Russian: «НТВ» - is an abbreviation of the Russian words interpreted as the “Independent Tele-Vision” or in Russian - «Независимое Теле-Видение»)
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Disproof

The EU is not conducting a "hybrid war" against Russia. The EU's most recent policy vis-a-vis Russia has been formulated in 2016 in the Five Guiding Principles that include selective engagement with Russia on issues like migration, counter-terrorism, or climate change; or support for Russia's civil society. See remarks by HRVP Federica Mogherini: https://eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage/5490/remarks-high-representativevice-president-federica-mogherini-press-conference-following-foreign_en

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Disproof

CCTV images show the pair walking with apparent ease on almost completely clear pavements. According to the weather forecasts, there was no snow or rain on the 4th March. Further debunk by The Insider.

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