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Is Information Warfare Breaching the European Parliament? IES Policy Brief Issue 2016/12• May 2016

Nestoras, Antonios (2016) Is Information Warfare Breaching the European Parliament? IES Policy Brief Issue 2016/12• May 2016. [Policy Paper]

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    The success of populist parties in the 2014 elections for the European Parliament suggests that pro-Russian narratives are working their way into the institutional corridors of the EU. This policy brief will attempt to identify these narratives expressed by MEPs from the European National Front (ENF), European United Left – Nordic Green Left (GUE-NGL) and Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) groups inside the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET). Their general voting behaviour has been studied elsewhere.1 Here, this general pattern will be re-examined with additional emphasis on specific narratives delivered during the procedure of tabling amendments to a number of Russia-related parliamentary reports voted in AFET. The analysis of these parliamentary amendments provides additional evidence to substantiate the claim that European populism demonstrates a remarkably coherent pro-Russian stance, which includes positions propagated by Russian information warfare.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > European Parliament
    Countries > Russia
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Institute for European Studies (Brussels) > Policy Briefs
    Depositing User: Unnamed user with email
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2016 10:16
    Number of Pages: 3
    Last Modified: 13 Dec 2016 10:20

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