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Russian biker chief Alexander Zaldostanov (left of centre) was back in Russia-occupied Crimea in March 2019 (Photo: CC BY 4.0)

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Angels & demons clash in Europe's culture wars

The EU elections in May will see a clash between ultra-conservative and liberal ideas on what it means to be European.

The election theatre includes a Russian phantasmagoria of EU-painted devils and rapists, in a years-long propaganda campaign designed to undermine the Western bloc.

Many far-right EU voters also want a "white and straight" Europe, going hand-in-hand with Russia's culture war.

But the EU mainstream has its own compelling stories and one set of European voter...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

Russian biker chief Alexander Zaldostanov (left of centre) was back in Russia-occupied Crimea in March 2019 (Photo: CC BY 4.0)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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