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With the ongoing war in Ukraine and the Kremlin’s attempt to destabilize the cohesion and solidarity of EU member states, our project focuses on cultural differences in the perception of Russian disinformation narratives in Poland, Slovakia, Germany and France, especially in relation to the war on Ukraine.

We chose Poland and Slovakia as two member states of the Visegrád group and therefore central forces of Eastern/Central Europe and Germany and France as central forces of the Western part of the European Union. We especially take into consideration national particularities such as the role of Poland as an early supporter of Ukraine’s aspiration to join the EU or Germany as the EU member state with the highest percentage of Russian speakers among the population. Our analysis aims at a comparison of the differences in emphasis of known framing strategies in the four countries as well as the observation of the variation of those framing strategies in specific cultural contexts. On a formal level, we will also research whether we can find significant differences in the quality of media in which disinformation narratives are spread and shared in the different countries (i.e., whether we can detect a preference of videos, deepfakes/AI, memes, text-based messages).

Founding members

Dr Christian Noack (UvA)
Prof. Hanna Klimpe HAW Hamburg