Disinfo: To overcome coronavirus implications Poland may need to become part of Big Germany

Summary

To overcome the negative implications of the economic crisis provoked by the coronavirus pandemic, Poland may have to become part of Big Germany, with preservation of nominal sovereignty. Poland may ultimately find itself in the situation of no other alternatives to get external financial support.

Disproof

This is a modification of pro-Kremlin propaganda narrative about not sovereign Poland focusing on eventual prospects to become such. It can also be seen in the light of another narrative about the alleged disintegration of the European Union as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. See similar disinformation cases that the EU's health and safety policies have failed, that the COVID-19 outbreak means the end of Europe, and that many European states will likely cease to exist due to the pandemic.

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  • Reported in: Issue 200
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/04/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Poland, Germany
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Sovereignty, Conspiracy theory
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Disproof

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