East StratCom disinformation claim:

Berlin plans to realize a model called Das neue Europa. Europe will be under complete control of Berlin, national states will lose their statehood, sovereignty and national identity. Germany, France and Sweden are prepared for this.

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Period/date: 24. January 2017

Debunk claim:

Conspiracy theory. The article claims that the information comes from an article in Handelsblatt but in fact it links to another outlet, which misrepresents what Gabriel states in the original article. In the Handelsblatt article, Sigmar Gabriel says “Now is the time to strengthen Europe. Only about 10 percent of our exports go to the United States, while 60 percent go to the rest of Europe. You can see the weight of our economic interests. We need to strengthen Europe, develop a common foreign and security policy, beef up investments so that we’ll have the best infrastructure in the world and, most of all, develop our own Asia, India and China strategy. We don’t need “more Europe,” but rather a different Europe.” https://global.handelsblatt.com/politics/sigmar-gabriel-now-is-the-time-to-strengthen-europe-688500

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Additional information

This information is reported by Kremlin Watch (European Values think-tank), http:, wwweuropeanvalues net/kremlinwatch/ in Disinformation Review issue 56. The item is located at row number 15 in the report.

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