Eurocrats fear Fico assassination attempt could influence next month's elections (

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By Tyler Durden

Thursday, May 23, 2024 - 08:00 AM

Author: Andrew Korybko via Substack,

Last week, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has warned which Russia to step up interference ahead of next month's parliamentary elections, which led the Vice-President of the European Commission Vera Jourova to estimate that they would constitute a test of resistance to disinformation of the European Union. This speculation is not new, but what is different this time is that the assassination attempt on Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico will be on the minds of all voters, which will likely influence the outcome .

The previous analysis, accessible by hyperlink, argued that "fake news" was responsible for the radicalization of the pro-Ukrainian suspect, who believed that shooting his prime minister was a legitimate form of protest against what the media had led him to believe that he was a "pro-Russian dictator with blood on his hands". This black swan may have served the short-term interests of this leader's many enemies, but the repercussions could be far-reaching if it leads to a conservative tidal wave in next month's elections.

Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban predicted that the next vote would influence the direction of war and peace in Europe, and although the European Parliament could do little to shape the war vicarious between theNATO and Russia en Ukraine, it could still exert positive pressure if the Conservatives win. It is with this in mind that Eurocrats like Ms von der Leyen and Ms Jourova engage in alarmist talk about Russian interference, because they want to pre-emptively discredit this potential outcome.

Certainly, the first had no idea that an assassination attempt would be made against Mr. Fico the day after she gave the warning mentioned above, but the second's assessment , according to which the upcoming elections would constitute a test of the bloc's resistance to disinformation, came a few days later. Instead of talking vaguely about alleged Russian interference, Eurocrats are now sharpening their information warfare rhetoric to muddle the conversation about Fico's assassination attempt and its political consequences.

The target audience is the vague number of "on the fence" voters who usually lean liberal but have recently begun to sympathize with some conservative positions on issues such as Ukraine. Last week's incident was sparked by liberal media's "fake news" about the Slovak leader, which could influence some of those voters to support more narratively responsible conservatives. In a desperate attempt to prevent this, the Eurocrats want them to believe that they are playing into Russia's hands.

If the European parliamentary elections had absolutely no effect on anything, they wouldn't care who voted for whom, but it is clear that the result will have at least a major impact on popular perceptions and could lead to cascading consequences, such as the multiplication of anti-war demonstrations across the bloc. It is for this reason that Eurocrats and their media allies, including those promoted by Ukrainian state media like thereof, highlight the aforementioned information warfare narrative.

The widening divide between liberals and conservatives over Ukraine, which is the foreign policy issue with which Mr. Fico was most closely associated, arises naturally from their diametrically opposed worldviews and is not due to Russian interference. The issue is so emotive and important that some on both sides have become voters who vote solely based on where the candidates stand on the issue. Attempting to discredit this trend by claiming it is due to Russian interference is disrespectful to democracy.



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