Disinformation and foreign interference have been concerns in global politics for centuries, but social media algorithms have made the current threat more dire as they amplify content based on human frailties such as our obsession with negativity and outrage. Russian interference in the 2016 US federal election and other elections and referenda in at least twenty countries between November 2016 and April 2019, including the Brexit referendum, the French and German elections, and the Ukrainian power grid cyber-attacks, have highlighted the potential for foreign governments to alter the results of an election or undermine democracies using social media and other means. Writes Jakub Ferenčík in his last EU MONITOR.

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INVITATION: EU±// The impact of the US elections on relations with Europe

We invite you to another debate in the EU± series, this time on the topic "The impact of the US elections on relations with Europe". The debate will take place on 22 November at 17:30 online.

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Background Paper Think Tank Forum | The State of Democracy and Rule of Law in WB6

This article was written as background material for a panel discussion at the Think Tank Forum: EU Enlargement. The authors of the article are Oszkár Roginer, Project Manager, and Žiga Faktor, Head of our Brussels office. In the article, the authors discuss, among other things, elections, political pluralism, civil society, media, and fundamental rights in the Western Balkan countries.

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EU± Italian elections - tragedy or promise for the future?

We would like to invite you to a debate in the EU± series, this time on the topic "The Italian elections - a tragedy or a promise for the future?" The debate will take place on 11 October 2022, 16:00 - 17:15 via Facebook Live.

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Radio Slovensko: Italy has been hit by an expected political earthquake.

A right-wing coalition triumphed in early elections for the first time since the end of the Second World War, with the most successful party being the Brothers of Italy, led by the controversial Giorgia Meloni. Is the incoming prime minister a populist or will she commit to serious politics? Why is the European Union itself worried about her victory? Our research fellow Alexandr Lagazzi contributed to the debate.

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Roklen24: Italians go to the elections. 200 billion euros from the EU at stake

Italy faces early elections. According to current polls, a right-wing coalition is likely to win. Our research associate Alexandr Lagazzi commented on the fundamental question regarding the shape of the ongoing reforms launched by Prime Minister Draghi in an article for the Roklen24 news portal.

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E15: The new Italian government must continue with reforms. Support for Ukraine in Rome will probably recede

One of our research associate, Alexandr Lagazzi, commented on the upcoming Italian elections for E15. According to pre-election polls, it can be assumed that the right-wing coalition led by Giorgia Meloni will win the elections. However, according to experts, this result could represent a significant risk for the Italian economy, the drawing of contributions from the EU and the supply of weapons to Ukraine.

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RTV: Swedish elections: the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats win

What is behind the victory of the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats party? What role does gang violence play in the election? And what other factors played a role in this election? Find out more in an interview with Christian Kvorning Lassen, Head of Research at EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy.

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EURACTIV: Reform of European elections or the whole EU. Czech Presidency opens sensitive topics in Prague

The Czech Republic, in its role as the presiding country, will have to deal with the European Parliament's proposal to launch the so-called Convention - the process of treaty change. Minister Bek announced that he would send a questionnaire to his European colleagues to find out which proposals could be implemented with or without changing the Treaties. Our researcher Zuzana Stuchlíková commented on the questionnaire initiative for Euractiv.

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ČRo: German reaction to the re-election of Emmanuel Macron - a clear pro-European signal

Our Associate Research Fellow, Tereza Novotná, was interviewed by Czech Radio about the French presidential election in which Emmanuel Macron was re-elected and France's position in the European Union.

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