The governments of the EU member States want to strengthen before the European elections in may, the fight against cyber-attacks and disinformation. At their summit in Brussels, the 28 governments decided on Thursday that the parties should be financially punished, the deliberately false information spread. Arising from the summit Declaration. The lever could be the payments of the parties for the European election campaign and political groups in the European Parliament.

the Background is the fear of election manipulation attempts by foreign States.

disinformation on Facebook and Twitter

state-controlled propaganda campaigns of Troll Accounts to have a Brexit vote in the UK affected, as well as the US presidential election in 2016. As the author of the disinformation campaigns in Russia. Especially Facebook has been criticised after Donald trump’s election victory hard to ensure that on the platform of fake Accounts were spreading in a large scale misinformation. But also other platforms were affected.

On Thursday published on Twitter a ten million Tweets comprehensive Propaganda archive. It is made mainly from contributions, which has launched the state of the Troll factory, called the Internet Research Agency (IRA) from St. Petersburg, so Twitter.

decision problems

The EU member States mandated the EU Commission to submit by the end of the year proposals. The decision is politically sensitive, because it is not clear what exactly is the disinformation, which could be sanctioned. It is also unclear which parties could meet the action – apparently, she aims to right-wing populist parties that advertise aggressively for votes.

In the summit Declaration condemning the EU governments, in addition, the cyber attacks against the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons (OPCW) in the Netherlands, for the Federal government of Russia.

The EU should strengthen its defences against cyber-attacks and the exchange of data between the EU member States strengthen. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May had already been called on Wednesday for tougher action against cyber-attacks and the targeted dissemination of false information.