President of the European Council Donald Tusk issued a statement on Tuesday underscoring that anti-European powers have attempted in the past and will continue in the future to meddle with elections in the European space. The European Council head claimed that the influence of external stakeholders in the democratic choices of European citizens is best evidenced in the Brexit campaign and several national elections campaigns. These forces will also attempt to influence the outcome of the forthcoming elections for the European Parliament in May.
President Tusk urged all European parties to establish closer cooperation ties and take all the necessary measures to guarantee the seamless hosting of European elections in May – away from any external influences. The European Council head also pointed finger towards these political parties financed from external, non-E.U. entities, which have consistently petitioned for a progressive change on the key issues under discussion within the European institutions premises. President Tusk concluded his message arguing that a European Renaissance must not be deferred for a later time, instead it needs to take place right now.
The forthcoming elections for the European Parliament will select the new body of 705 members of the parliament. These lawmakers will be responsible for Europe’s trajectory as a unitary organisation in world affairs for the following five years and will decide on the next President of the European Commission – the head of Europe’s executive arm and successor of current Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.
Current opinion polls project a tendency for voting Eurosceptic parties to staff the next European Parliament, even though mainstream political parties still secure the majority, albeit, in a highly fragmented electroral body, witness in most European capitals. The European Commission recently called advertising channels over the internet, including YouTube and other social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, in addition to the broader press agencies to fight the spread of disinformation. According to Council President Tusk, the majority of greatest volume of disinformation arrives from Russia and attention should be given to these messages, as they might influence the outcome of the forthcoming elections.