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The hard-right Alternative for German (AfD) in November 2020 was ordered to pay a penalty of more than €500,000 to the Bunestag's administration for illegal donations received from outside the EU (Photo: strassenstriche.net)

Close loopholes on foreign funding of EU political parties

When we look at disinformation and 'foreign interference', we mostly think in terms of foreign state actors spreading fake news and harmful content to discredit and destabilise individual member states and to weaken the EU altogether.

They surely do. And they do it well by using fake accounts, troll factories, or half-disguised pseudo-news websites, or would-be independent TV channels.

It is very good that we have started to tackle these developments right across the democratic ...

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Sandra Kalniete is a Latvian MEP with the European People's Party, the European Parliament rapporteur on the special committee on foreign interference and disinformation, and a former foreign minister of Latvia.

The hard-right Alternative for German (AfD) in November 2020 was ordered to pay a penalty of more than €500,000 to the Bunestag's administration for illegal donations received from outside the EU (Photo: strassenstriche.net)

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Sandra Kalniete is a Latvian MEP with the European People's Party, the European Parliament rapporteur on the special committee on foreign interference and disinformation, and a former foreign minister of Latvia.

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