Haunted by Kremlins

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By Anne Applebaum
Columnist [The Washington Post]
March 8 at 6:23 PM

Elements of the 2016 British referendum campaign have long seemed familiar to Americans. There was a close, controversial election, full of rancor and anger. There were a lot of wealthy men talking about “the people” and their “will.” There were targeted advertising campaigns, stolen data and fake social media accounts. But now, with only a few days left until Britain is due to face the consequences of that vote, the Brexit story suddenly looks even more familiar: One of its protagonists turns out to have much deeper Russian business connections than previously suspected. He also tried to conceal them. []

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Leave Has More Clout in Social Media than Remain

Putin’s project works well for Putin.
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[…] Brexit is a disease and Britain is a contagion risk which could unpick the fabric of the whole of Europe and leave millions more people facing much worse than even no deal. []

Robert Mueller Has Stitched Together a Russia Report in Plain View

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Italy: A Little Help from Putin

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How Anti-Europeans Plan to Wreck Europe

 

The 2019 European election: How anti-Europeans plan to wreck Europe and what can be done to stop it
European Council on Foreign Relations
Authors: Susi Dennison and Pawel Zerka
Published: February 2019

Summary:

  • With anti-Europeans on their way to winning more than one-third of seats in the next European Parliament, the stakes in the May 2019 election are unusually high.
  • While there are significant divides between them on substance, anti-European parties could align with one another tactically in support of a range of ideas: from abolishing sanctions on Russia to blocking the EU’s foreign trade agenda, to pulling the drawbridge up against migration. This would put at risk Europe’s capacity to defend its citizens from external threats at exactly the time when, given global turmoil, it needs to show more resolve, cooperation, and global leadership.
  • This paper marks the start of ECFR’s campaign to strengthen Europe in the face of efforts by anti-European parties to divide it and make it weaker. We analyse, in detail, the political situation in each of the EU’s 27 member states ahead of the 2019 EP election.
  • For supporters of an outward-looking Europe, we offer a strategy to fight back: by driving a wedge between anti-European parties, exposing the real-world costs of their key policy ideas, and identifying new issues that could inspire voters: from the rule of law and the environment to prosperity and Europe’s foreign policy goals.
  • In the coming months, ECFR will explore these issues at a more granular level through quantitative and qualitative surveys across the EU27.

Link: https://www.ecfr.eu/specials/scorecard/the_2019_European_election

Polarize, Divide and Rule

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