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Disinformation ahead of the EU Parliamentary Elections: A snapshot from Bulgaria, Germany, and Italy

European elections / DISCUSSION PAPER
Federica Marconi

Date: 13/12/2023
As the 2024 European Parliament elections approach, the erosion of trust in institutions and information sources could undermine the integrity of the electoral process.

A primary example is Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which has had far-reaching consequences throughout Europe, bringing with it a new set of multidimensional issues. This includes widespread disinformation campaigns aimed at undermining popular support for national and EU policies that support Ukraine.

This Discussion Paper focuses on disinformation trends in the run-up to the European Parliament elections in Bulgaria, Germany, and Italy. It looks at the intricacies of misinformation around refugees, military support for Ukraine, and energy-related issues, offering insight into the possible impact on public attitude and electoral dynamics. It also emphasises national and EU initiatives to combat disinformation, underlining the importance of comprehensive plans to build resistance to disinformation and ensure the integrity of future elections.

Read the full paper here.
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