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Limited legalization of cannabis takes effect in Germany

The partial legalization of cannabis for personal use, which was championed by the centre-left government of Chancellor Olaf Scholz, took effect in Germany on Monday, publishes DPA news agency. The Bundesrat, or upper house of parliament, let the long-debated bill pass last month after it...

Unbecoming Post Calls for Violence and Satanizes EU and NATO

This manipulative post is spreading the well-known insulting, indecent propaganda narrative satanizing NATO and the EU. Contrary to the claim made in the post, NATO is not connected with a religious army, but the Alliance enrolls troops regardless of their religious background. The values...

Metamorphosis Foundation and Vistinomer participate in the biggest fact-checking database for European Elections

Foundation Metamorphosis and the web portal Vistinomer are collaborating in a project with the European Fact-Checking Standards Network (EFCSN) and a coalition of over 40 fact-checking organizations across Europe to create a comprehensive fact-checking database focused on the 2024 European Parliament Elections, supported by...

Russian propaganda spreads panic over alleged coup in Ukraine again

Disinformation is circulating in the region regarding Ukrainian special forces being dissatisfied with the Ukrainian Army’s new leadership and their subsequent preparation for a coup. As has previously been the case, the disinformation comes from the Russian state-owned news agency RIA Novosti. This time,...

Yulia Navalnaya becomes target of disinformation following spouse’s death

Photo: Screenshot from a video Not one relevant source even hints that Yulia Navalnaya has found a “new lover” following her husband’s death. The photograph showing Yulia Navalnaya on a beach with a man is from 2021. Using a reverse image search, we discovered that...

Last Generation climate activists spray paint on German chancellery

Members of the Last Generation climate activism group daubed orange paint onto the façade of the German chancellery on Saturday morning, publishes DPA News Agency. A photo published by the group shows the phrase "Help! Your children" written in large letters, and numerous handprints. Several...

Navalny’s death overshadowed Moscow’s disinformation on the military campaign in Ukraine

Despite this February marking the second anniversary since the start of Ukraine’s suffering at the hands of Russian aggression, which has resulted in thousands of casualties and never-ending destruction of everything significant for Ukraine and Ukrainians, Moscow’s disinformation campaign in regard to its military...

Public transport strikes begin across Germany, paralyzing networks

A two-day public transport strike began in numerous German states on Thursday morning, publishes DPA. Passengers can expect considerable disruption, as buses, trams and underground trains ceased operating in many places. The trade union Verdi had called for the two-day strike, lasting until Friday. Cities and...

More than 1.1 million asylum applications in Europe last year

The number of asylum seekers in Europe significantly exceeded the one million mark last year, according to the European Union's asylum agency, based on the Mediterranean island of Malta, publishes DPA news agency. The agency registered a total of 1.14 million applications in the 27...

Emotional ties and propaganda: The Russian “Soft power” in the Balkans

Russian media Sputnik and RT (Russia Today) Balkans operating in Serbia, are used as propaganda tools by Putin’s Russia and represent Russian “soft power” in the region. This propaganda from Moscow, disseminated through the contents published by both Russian media outlets and republished by...

Germany’s Scholz rules out deployment of NATO troops in Ukraine

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has categorically ruled out the deployment of ground troops from NATO states to Ukraine in its war against Russia, publishes DPA news agency. The chancellor opposed French President Emmanuel Macron's earlier comments that nothing was off the table to make sure...

Germans gather to mark two years since Russia invaded Ukraine

Several thousand people gathered at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin early on Saturday afternoon to commemorate the beginning of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine exactly two years ago, publishes German news agency dpa. Many participants in the rally carried Ukrainian flags. Others displayed their views...

Four pupils injured in attack at western German school

Four pupils at a school in the western German city of Wuppertal were injured, at least two of them seriously, in an attack on Thursday, according to police and officials. The suspected attacker, who is in custody, is believed to be a 17-year-old male pupil...

The World Health Organization is not killing children in Gaza

Phото: who.int It is not true that the World Health Organization is killing children in Gaza. On the contrary, WHO representatives are constantly delivering medical and non-medical aid to Gaza, where hospitals have been demolished and conditions for medical treatment are dreadful. WHO collects donations...

“The Balkans festival of young comics creators” invites participants

Leskovac school comics "Nikola Mitrović Kokan," operating within the Leskovac Cultural Centre, announced that they will organize the event "The Balkans festival of young comics creators" for the twenty-sixth time in 2024. The event will take place from June 28th to 30th in the...

Microsoft announces big spend on artificial intelligence

US digital giant Microsoft has announced it will spend billions on data centres for artificial intelligence in Spain, in addition to the major investment projects it plans in Germany. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and Microsoft manager Brad Smith announced on Monday that €1.95 billion...

Protest in front of Russian embassy in Berlin at Navalny’s death

Some 250 demonstrators gathered near the Russian embassy in Berlin on Sunday to protest at the death of jailed dissident Alexei Navalny, police in the German capital reported. The organizers had registered a protest by 450 people, German agency DPA reported. Shortly before the protest called...

Truthmeter’s response to the latest disinformation campaign against their website and newsroom

What can be noted from this disinformation campaign – just like in the previous ones – is the lack of argumentation on the side of those attacking, related to possible errors, oversight, or inaccuracy expressed by Truthmeter’s editorial staff to justify the criticism and...

Film fans buy nearly 78,000 tickets on Berlinale opening sales day

Film fans in the German capital forked out funds for nearly 78,000 tickets to the Berlinale, the city's famous film festival, slightly higher than the 77,599 sold on the first day of sales last year, publlishes DPA news agency. There were actually 77,757 tickets sold...

Germany plans ‘early detection unit’ to fight right-wing extremism

Germany's Interior Minister Nancy Faeser plans to set up an "early detection unit" for foreign manipulation and influence campaigns as part of government efforts to fight right-wing extremism, publishes DPA news agency. The plan is part of a package of 13 measures which Faeser presented...