GLOBSEC Trends 2017: Mixed messages and Signs of Hope from Central and Eastern Europe

29. May 2017  |  Strategic Communication  |  Central Europe
Which CEE countries favour a neutral position between West and East?
Who is the biggest Eurosceptic and which countries are the satisfied with thier EU membership?
Would Central European countries honour their Article 5 obligation and defend their NATO allies in case of an attack?
How do people in this region perceive world political leaders such as Donald Trump, Angela Merkel or Vladimir Putin?
Would they support a strong authoritarian leader over liberal democracy?

Information war monitor for Central Europe: June 2017 Part 1

By Patrik SzicherleVeronika VíchováDaniel MiloKatarína Klingová.  Photo by Jason De Villa|Flickr, licensed by CC BY-NC 2.0
4. Jul 2017  |  Strategic Communication  |  Central Europe

Disinformation outlets in Central Europe have been outraged by the decision of the European Union and the United States to prolong the sanctions imposed against Russia over the unlawful annexation of Crimea. Narratives of aggressive NATO under the thumb of United States oppressing Russia have been supported by the documentary series of Olive Stone, “The Putin’s Interviews”, which were broadcasted by various outlets in Central Europe.

Information war monitor for Central Europe: Elections in Germany

Elections are all around. The year 2017 witnesses some of the most important elections when European people decide not only on the future of their countries, but the whole European Union. Apart from the French elections that we focused on last time and where the pro-Kremlin websites in Central Europe clearly have their favourite candidate, there will also be a general election held in Germany this September. Do fringe media sharing pro-Russian narratives have an agenda there as well?

Macedonian echoes in Moscow

By Grigorij Mesežnikov. Photo: cbsnews.
14. May 2017  |  Strategic Communication, Russia

Russian press accuses the EU of wanting to “annul“ the Slavic Macedonia. In fact, however, it views the events in Skopje through the optics of confrontation between Russia and the West.

Information war monitor for Central Europe: Pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets have a favourite French presidential candidate - the second round

The importance of the French presidential election is demonstrated by the attention it receives even in the pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets in Central Europe. There has never been any doubt who has been the favourite candidate of these websites - Marine Le Pen, the far-right pro-Russian candidate.

From Russia with Hate: The activity of pro-Russian extremist groups in Central-Eastern Europe

By Radovan Bránik, Grigorij Mesežnikov and Daniel Milo
2. May 2017  |  Strategic Communication  |  Central Europe

Political Capital, Hungarian think tank, conducted research on Russian actors and extremists groups in Central Europe and raised awareness of this pernicious influence among the wider public throughout 2016-2017 within the project supported by the National Endowment for Democracy.

Information war monitor for Central Europe: Pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets have a favourite French presidential candidate

21. Apr 2017  |  Strategic Communication  |  Central Europe

The French presidential election is the main topic of discussions and one of the most important political events of the year 2017. Various public opinion polls and personal background information of the candidates are brought to light and presented on a daily basis. Automated bots, social media trolls and disinformation outlets focused their activities on France as well.

The Vulnerability Index: Subversive Russian Influence in Central Europe

By Daniel Milo, Katarina Klingova, Jakub Janda, Veronika Víchová, Csaba Molnár, Bulcsu Hunyadi, Kinga Brudzinska, Andriy Korniychuk and Łukasz Wenerski.
11. Apr 2017  |  Strategic Communication

The Visegrad group countries in Central Europe (Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia – V4) are often perceived as a regional bloc of nations sharing similar aspirations, aims and challenges. They share common history, communist past, Soviet occupation and all joined the EU and NATO to embed themselves in the western civilization and transform their post-communist societies.

Moscow’s struggle for Montenegro

By Grigorij Mesežnikov. Photo by Nico Trinkhaus|Flickr, licensed by CC BY-NC 2.0

How Russian pro-governmental media react to the entry of Montenegro into NATO? They are attacking the West and obscuring the circumstances of the recent attempt of coup.

Slovakia in Russian Media: News from the Battlefield

By Grigorij Mesežnikov. Photo by Arthur Castro|Flickr, licensed by CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

It happens rarely that the short article published in foreign newspaper intervenes in Slovakia’s internal political life so that the leader of one of the most important political parties must issue a special statement that refutes the publicized information. And it is especially rare when it comes about article published in Russian media. It happened recently, however.