Disinfo: The US and EU put profit before health, unlike the socialist countries that are helping Italy

Summary

At certain critical moments, it turns out that countries which consider themselves to be advanced in fact are not. Second, there are fundamental differences between the United States and EU countries, which claim that ‘profit comes first’, and other countries that put human health first. What pushes China, Cuba, and Russia to help Italy while the G7 and EU countries don’t provide any support? A long analysis is not necessary – China and Cuba are socialist countries and Russia, though it is no longer socialist, has retained certain characteristics inherited from the USSR.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the coronavirus crisis, also building on the longstanding pro-Kremlin theme of the West's alleged moral decay, materialism, and hostility to traditional religion, which Western governments allegedly seek to undermine and to replace with pseudo-religions (such as LGBT ideology). See similar cases like that the EU is only interested in sucking money from national governments, that Russia provided Italy with concrete help unlike the EU, and that the COVID-19 outbreak means the end of Europe while Russia and China will rise.

The European Union is supporting the Member States in addressing the crisis, and mitigating the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. To cushion the blow to people’s livelihoods and the economy, the European Commission has adopted a comprehensive economic response to the outbreak, applied the full flexibility of the EU fiscal rules, has revised its State Aid rules and proposed to set up a EUR 37 billion Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative to provide liquidity to small businesses and the health care sector.

To support scientific research into the COVID-19, the European Commission earmarked 47,5 million EUR for shortlisted research projects that can improve epidemiology and public health, including preparedness and response to outbreaks. The EU has also created first ever stockpile of medical equipment. There are also examples of EU Member States extending mutual assistance, for example German hospitals offering to treat critical coronavirus patients from France and Italy.

Read more about the EU's response here and here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 191
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/04/2020
  • Language/target audience: Czech
  • Country: EU, Cuba, China, Russia, US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Western values, European values
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

Baseless speculation; no evidence given. Consistent with earlier pro-Kremlin disinformation message that the Schengen zone has collapsed and more broadly, with the disinformation narrative that the EU is disintegrating as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

The Schengen border code provides Member States with the capability of temporarily reintroducing border control at the internal borders in the event that a serious threat to public policy or internal security has been established: