Disinfo: Under the guise of force majeure Europe and Germany became autocratic

Summary

All the political field has shifted to the right. But those who claim that this is pragmatic conservatism are wrong, this is a lie propagated by so-called mainstream propaganda outlets. It is autocracy under the disguise of force majeure circumstances. Europe has become autocratic, Germany has become absolutely autocratic.

Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation about Germany and EU. Consistent with earlier pro-Kremlin disinformation claims that COVID-19 is a pretext to gain control over the world's population. 

EU Member States have adopted measured to curb the outbreak of COVID-19, that are in line with national laws.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addressed the nation regarding the measured taken to overcome the COVID-19 outbreak:

"Let me assure you: for someone like myself, for whom freedom of travel and movement were hard-won rights, such restrictions can only be justified when they are absolutely necessary. In a democracy, they should not be enacted lightly – and only ever temporarily. But at the moment they are essential — in order to save human lives."

See the full address here.

See more examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation about the coronavirus.

 

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  • Reported in: Issue 190
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: EU, Germany
  • Keywords: coronavirus
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A recurring conspiracy theory that echoes pro-Kremlin disinformation about the artificial creation of COVID-19.

There is no evidence that the coronavirus (COVID-19) was created in laboratories. COVID-19 comes from a family of viruses that include the common cold and viruses such as SARS and MERS. Coronaviruses are known to circulate in mammals and birds, and scientists have already suggested that COVID-19 originally came from bats. One of the previous coronaviruses that caused severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, spread from bats to civet cats to humans.

“PR infection”: Greta Thunberg is using COVID-19 for public relations

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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation smearing Greta Thunberg.

Greta Thunberg announced on Instagram that she has been self-isolating as she had felt some of the COVID-19 symptoms, in line with the advise of the public health authorities.

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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the lack of inter-EU solidarity.

EU Member States have been actively helping each other in this crisis, which most EU member states have been grappling with themselves. For example, German hospitals are offering to treat critical coronavirus patients from France as well as taking in patients from Italy and the Czech Republic is sending masks to Italy.