On June 14, the European Commission released a report assessing the efficacy of the Action Plan against Disinformation and Elections Package in the context of the 2019 European Parliamentary elections. The report underscores Europe’s shifting posture towards disinformation, and provides valuable lessons for the United States as it inches closer to the 2020 presidential election.
First, the European Commission formally attributes specific disinformation campaigns to Russian sources, a notable step given the EU’s weak overall record on attribution. This is particularly important in light of a new EU framework that allows the Union to impose sanctions against persons and entities responsible for cyberattacks originating outside the EU. If this report signifies an increased willingness by the EU to attribute attacks in the information and cyber domains, it could portend a more robust European response to Russian malfeasance.Read more