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Tuesday 20th March 2018

EU Leaders to Issue Cautions Ahead of May’s Elections


7Dnews London - Reuters

Wed, 20 Mar 2019 18:29 GMT

European Union leaders will warn of anticipated fake news and disinformation by foreign powers during May’s EU elections.

According to a draft seen by Reuters, leaders will call on governments to do more to protect the upcoming polls ahead of a leaders' summit that will take place in Brussels on Thursday March 21st and Friday 22nd.

"Many of our nations, including France, have already been targeted by campaigns, attacks or manipulation," an Elysee official said. "We have to increase our efforts at the European level ... today our forces are scattered and not yet enough."

The bloc's heads of state will urge governments to share information on threats via a new warning system, launched by the bloc's executive. They will also call for online platforms such as Facebook and Google to do more to remove misleading or illegal content.

"This is a societal challenge we are dealing with, it's not a quick fix," an EU official said, adding that the bloc's mandate is to focus on threats from foreign actors.

The draft statement is the latest sign of concerns over growing evidence, particularly since the US presidential elections, that Russia has sought to sow division in Europe.