Protecting the European Parliamentary Elections: Lessons Learned From The 2019 Presidential Elections In Ukraine
During the present decade the foreign authoritarian influence in democratic processes – including in national elections and referendums – has become the norm. The few recent cases are Brexit, the presidential election in France, parliamentary election in Germany, presidential and mid-term congressional elections in the United States, as well as referendums in Catalonia, Spain, and the Netherlands. Europeans are increasingly concerned about the possible influence on and interference of Russia in the upcoming European Parliamentary elections that will be held on 23-26 May 2019 in the 28 EU member states. In this broader context, we will elucidate the key hybrid tactics and tools of Russia aimed at undermining the Ukrainian state during the election period in the country; and identify key lessons that should be applied for enhancing the protection of the European Parliamentary elections.
Contents: Introduction ; Russia’s Approach to Information Warfare ; Russia’s Influence on the Ukrainian Elections in 2014 and 2019 ; Propaganda and Disinformation ; Cyber-attacks and the Use of Technology to Spread Disinformation ;Support to Ukraine from the international community ; An Example of Russia’s Attempt to Influence the European Parliament Elections in Germany ;The EU’s Response to Disinformation and Cyber-attacks ; Recommendations ; References