InoPressa. The EU is afraid of cyber attacks in Moscow, but considering a new relationship

About the risk of interference of hackers in the election campaign in Europe to proclaim Vice-President Joe Biden, NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg and Minister of defence of Germany. The Guardian analyzes the rise of populist, Pro-President forces in Europe. The Independent advises the EU after «Brekzita to» build «the outer circle of interaction», not only with Britain, but also Russia — to stop «growling at the European border».

Vice-President Joe Biden, speaking a farewell speech at the world economic forum in Davos, called Russia under Vladimir Putin a threat to the existing Western liberal order, reports Sueddeutsche Zeitung. According to him, Russia «is headed by a movement that aims to destabilize Europe.»

«We are seeing the aggression against neighboring States, we see propaganda and disinformation campaigns. Should we expect that Russia will interfere in the elections in European countries this year,» said Biden, Recalling that in 2017 the elections will be held in Germany, France and the Netherlands.

In an interview with Die Welt, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has expressed serious concern over the increasing number of hacker attacks on NATO countries.

«Last year on the servers of the departments of the countries-members of NATO were recorded on average 500 threat of cyber attacks a month, demanding the intervention of our experts. That’s 60% more than in 2015. Most of the hacking break-ins were committed not by individuals, and government agencies in third countries», — said Stoltenberg.

Cyber-attacks can jeopardize not only the infrastructure but also the defense capability of the Alliance. «Today the coordination of military activity is based on the digital data transmission», — said the Secretary General. Cyber attacks, he said, can lead to the implementation of article 5 of the NATO Charter.

Former Prime Minister Stoltenberg of Norway, was also concerned about possible interference in the elections. NATO offers assistance to its members of crisis teams that will support the protection of networks, said the Secretary General.

«The Minister of defence of Germany stands for «European defence» in the face of risk of destabilization coming from Russia,» — writes the journalist of Le Monde Sylvie Kaufman, anticipating an interview with Ursula von der Leyen.

«I think the time has come for Europe to define its role and increase its usefulness both as a strong European support in the framework of NATO and as the European Union’s «defense». This Union should be complementary to NATO, because NATO has article 5, it is a strong paper and is unique in its focus on the defense of our common territory», — said the Minister of defence.

«No need to beat around the Bush. I must tell Russia: we see that she’s not interested in a strong and stable Europe. (…) However, our common future, and particularly against our common external enemies we will be much better to have positive relations», — said the Minister.

«Attempts at destabilization pose a threat to European elections?» — asked the journalist.

«We acknowledge the presence of attempts of destabilization aimed at weakening democratic institutions, whether through strategic communication, bots, trolls, fake news or a revival of confidence,’ said von der Leyen. — We are talking about attempts to manipulate public opinion, which in a sense opposed to the machine man to destroy public opinion with the help of algorithms. We are dedicated to the destruction of such system.»

«We do not want our debates were staged, she said. — Looking back, we realize that the problems we encountered over the past three years — since the crisis in Ukraine and hybrid war — was part of the task, the same attempts at destabilization».

«Given all the speculation around Russian influence on European policy, the search for clarity and balance is a problem, said in an editorial The Guardian. To say that the Putin regime organized the rise of populist forces on the continent would be an exaggeration».

The French «national front» was established in 1972, the Austrian nationalist freedom Party won his first success in 2000. «Not all European populists is a Pro-Putin position: the Polish «law and justice» strongly criticizes him. But this does not mean that Putin’s regime cultivated a marginal radical organization in Europe, and some applauded him in response,» argue the authors.

Putin’s return to the rigid nationalism and ultra-conservative slogans have pedigree with his far-right European organizations, but he has supporters among the extreme left — they have in common rather anti-Western sentiment, the article says.

«Moscow drew his favor the growth of European movements, admiring authoritarian leaders, who consider Islam and immigration threat, resisting cultural liberalization and economic integration equates to the destruction of national sovereignty», — writes The Guardian.

«Putin may receive pleasure from the fact that he is considered a destroyer of liberal democracy, and would like to witness the collapse of the EU,» the article says. But his «companions» in Europe, who see him as an advocate of nationalism, who is the hero of antiestablishment who awaited the enemy the US-led global order, the newspaper notes.

«How can «Breksi» to benefit Europe?» — writes economic commentator for The Independent Hamish Mac-Paradise.

«The best argument I saw was given in August in the report of the BREUGEL Institute in Brussels,» he says. Five authors from different European countries offer «a new form of cooperation — continental partnership»: they see «Europe, consisting of the inner circle (EU), featuring a deep political integration, and the outer circle, with a smaller level of integration.»

«Europe is certainly a strategically important question of how to fit Russia into the system instead of having to leave her angry neighbor who behaves destructively and threaten the Eastern flanks of the EU, the article says. The idea of an external circle can be a model for interaction not only with Britain but also with Russia, no matter how unlikely it may seem under its current leadership».

«The report BREUGEL, the author writes, — there is no such far-reaching conclusions, only an assumption that the described model is applicable for Turkey and Ukraine. But imagine the prize: Russia with which Europe can cooperate, instead of Russia, growling at the European border».

Most experts on cyber security fears Russian hackers, and one says: «Look, a squirrel!» (The Washington Post)

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