Foreign electoral interference seriously threatens European democratic societies to the benefit of anti-EU, right-wing extremist and populist forces, warn MEPs.
Hostile propaganda that seeks to undermine the EU could influence the upcoming European elections. We talked to MEP Anna Fotyga about how to counteract it.
The EU is stepping up action to tackle harmful disinformation surrounding the coronavirus, while respecting the freedom of expression.
Amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Parliament will vote on a report with recommendations on how to stop dangerous foreign attacks on democracy.
The EU should have a specific regime of sanctions to tackle foreign interference and disinformation campaigns by foreign powers, according to a Parliament committee.
The EU’s lack of awareness and counter-measures makes interference an attractive tactic for malicious foreign actors and endangers democracy, say MEPs.
EU countering disinformation
Parliament wants to protect democratic debate in the European elections by introducing financial penalties for EU parties and foundations abusing data in political campaigns.
MEPs warn that Russia’s disinformation campaigns are the main source of disinformation in Europe, along with China, Iran and North Korea.