Russia’s Meddling in the EU Demands Urgent Attention

With the upcoming European elections in June, it is imperative the EU stays vigilant to foreign interference

21 February 2024

Marco Németh

Marcin Król Fellow

The recent revelations that officials handling security and defence had their phones hacked and that a Latvian MEP was a Russian spy is only the tip of the iceberg of Russian interference in the European Union. To protect the integrity of the European elections, the Union must foster a political culture resistant to foreign influence and double down on countering disinformation.

With the European elections fast approaching and their outcomes still uncertain, two concerns have come to the fore: the reality of Russian interference in the European Union and the growing threat of the far-right gaining key parliamentary positions.

Recent examples of a longstanding problem

It was announced on Wednesday that several members and staff from the subcommittee on Security and Defense of the European Parliament had their phones hacked. This revelation follows trends noticed in previous years with politicians having their phones infected by Pegasus and Candiru spyware.

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Marco Németh

Marcin Król Fellow

Marco is a Slovak journalist, focusing on EU policies, democracy, Central Europe and foreign affairs. He was the youngest and most passionate activist in the 2019 European elections. From 2020 he works with the Slovak newspaper Európske Noviny. When he was 15 years old he published his first book “Európa v Kocke” in which he explains how the EU works.

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