German media is reporting on a new EU study that has found that Germany is the main focus of Russian disinformation efforts in Europe. According to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung report:
March 9, 2021 According to a study by the EU, Germany is more in the focus of Russian disinformation campaigns than any other country in the European Union. “No other EU member state is being attacked more violently than Germany,” says a report published by the EU Foreign Service on Tuesday in Brussels. There are systematic campaigns both at the political level and through media close to the Kremlin. At the same time, German politicians are accused of avoiding dialogue with Russia.Since the end of 2015, more than 700 cases have been collected in the EU database “EU vs. Disinfo” on the Federal Republic. France, on the other hand, was attacked a good 300 times, Italy a good 170 times and Spain more than 40 times. The EU’s Foreign Service analyzes publicly available media reports and statements on its website “EU vs. Disinfo”. Russian media campaigns. “The Kremlin creates an intellectual image of Germany in which there are a few reasonable voices in a chorus of irrational ‘Russophobia’,” the report says. Several campaigns by the Russian media are cited as evidence. Since the beginning of February, the story of a Russian family in Berlin has been exploited whose three children have been taken into custody by the authorities because their well-being has been endangered. According to the report, Russian media and politicians accused the German authorities of systematically suppressing Russians in Germany. A website described the incident as “a response to (the arrest of Russian Kremlin critic Alexei) Navalnyi”.
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Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reporting on Russian disinformation efforts in Europe has included:
- A January report on increasing EU efforts to combat foreign disinformation, emphasizing the threat posed by Russia.
- A December 2020 report on the growing issue of disinformation about the US election in Europe.
- A December 2020 report on an EU digital initiative to fight disinformation, focusing on election integrity.