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Did Konrad Adenauer claim that Europe and Asia encounter at the Elbe?

According to James Hawes1, Konrad Adenauer, its first postwar chancellor and founding father, made Westbindung (“binding to the West”) the heart of West German politics. Adenauer came from the deeply ...
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Would a meltdown/explosion at Zaporizhia mean the "evacuation" of Europe?

According to the Guardian, Zelenskiy said (on the fighting at Zaporizhia nuclear plant): “If there will be an explosion, it will be the end to all of us: the end of Europe, the evacuation of Europe,” ...
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Are LGBT activists allowed to make gender education in Kindergartens in Germany? [closed]

There are various rumors about this, particularly in the previous East Block. The goal of the activists is supposed to educate a more tolerant view for the children already in the early childhood. ...
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Is melatonin used as a contraceptive in Europe?

On Episode 515 of the Wellness Mama podcast, Dr. Michael J. Breus made the statement that melatonin is used for birth control in Europe: Melatonin in Europe is used as a contraceptive. Let me say ...
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Is Sweden 'the most dangerous country in Europe [EU] today' (when it comes to violent crime)?

Bild makes the claims. [Google translated below] Schweden ist heute das gefährlichste Land in Europa. [Sweden is the most dangerous country in Europe today.] In der EU werden durchschnittlich acht ...
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(To what extent) was the Lithuanian fence on the border with Russia (Kaliningrad) "funded by NATO" (or the EU)?

Wikipedia has claimed NATO funding for this fence for some years, e.g. today it says: In early 2017, with increasing military activity and political tensions in the region, the Lithuanian government ...
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Was life expectancy at birth in the EU in 2015 about 100 years?

The paper "Living too long" by Guy C Brown published in 2015 has the following paragraph: Human life expectancy has been increasing at a rapid rate. Better health care and hygiene, ...
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Did "the" (or a) European Court declare that Covid-19 PCR tests are "not fit for purpose"?

In a long video denying the validity of Covid-19 PCR tests, it's stated at one point (15:17), without much context that the European court declaring that Covid-19 tests are "not fit for purpose&...
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Are there 300,000 items in the average American household, and 10,000 items in the average European household?

There is a trope that can be found in many articles discussing topics such as consumerism or minimalism: the average number of items that can be found in an average household. The number that is ...
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Are all Oreo-cookie ingredients listed in accordance with EU ingredient labelling regulations?

I have read in several places about the claim that Oreo cookies may be using titanium dioxide in their preparation. This additive, although widely used, has been recently under the suspicion of ...
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Is only 13% of the UK economy and only 8% of its businesses involved with european Union trade?

CAPX recently published a pro-Brexit opinion piece by John Longworth who headed a pro-Brexit pressure group. He argued that the UK were being held to ransom and were being treated like a "vassal ...
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Was the UK the third poorest member of the EU despite being the second biggest net contributor in 1979?

This video on YouTube of Margaret Thatcher at the EU Dublin Council on the 29th of November 1979 seems to suggest that the UK was the second biggest net contributor to the EU and also the third ...
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Did Europe have a Covid-19 case in December 2019?

CNN reports that a Frenchman named Amirouche Hammar had Covid-19 in December in Paris. This was supposedly discovered after old samples were re-checked for the Covid-19 virus. Alas there's hardly any ...
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Is Russia spreading fake news about some countries' management of COVID-19?

According to a Financial Times article, an EU report warns about the diffusion of fake news by Russian media, in an attempt to discredit involved governments and aggravate the ongoing crisis. Can ...
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Did Germany and France offer help to Italy in the Covid-19 crisis?

An opinion piece published yesterday by DW says: The first thing that fell by the wayside, as always in times of crisis, was solidarity. It was Italy, the first country hit by the Corona crisis — and ...
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Was a "large number" of new COVID-19 clusters in the United States seeded by travellers from Europe?

It has been reported in relation to the recent US travel ban on the EU's 26-country Schengen area that The President justified the ban by saying the EU had failed to take the same precautions as ...
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Did (former) German Minister Manfred Lahnstein admit that Germany wanted the EMS in order to get a competitive edge over other European countries?

A 2017 article about the European Monetary System (EMS) in Foreign Policy relates this story: But there was always a suspicion that Germany was trying to get long-term trade advantages from linking ...
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Was the EU created or supported by Nazis? [closed]

My dad has started preaching from this self published book (Indisputable Evidence Proving the EU Was Created by Nazis, by Jack King) which claims the European Union was both wanted and created by ...
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Does tax evasion in the EU cost 1 trillion € per year?

In a meme that’s floating around, various social costs are compared to tax evasion in the EU, which is claimed to mount up to 1 000 000 000 000 Euro annually. Here is an example: The Swedish text ...
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Are bars in Italy using pasta as straws?

It’s being reported in a lot of places that bars in Italy are using pasta as straws: 1 ,2, 3, 4. They all cite the same source of a Reddit post here, with a picture of one of these pasta straws in ...
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Is Hungary's border fence with Serbia (almost) entirely electrified?

The BBC (March, 2019) says Hungary's border fence with Serbia consists of "170 km of electrified barbed wire" (at 0:30-0:35 in the video). 170km is basically the whole length of the border ...
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Are there vaccine ingredients which may not be disclosed ("hidden", "trade secret", or similar)?

I sometimes encounter people claiming that there are ingredients in vaccines that can be kept secret by the manufacturer. I would be surprised to hear this, because the manufacturers have to conduct ...
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Does the UK provide 50% of EU's waters? And does this imply anything about fishing rights?

Leading Brexiteer Owen Paterson wrote in an article in the Telegraph about fisheries: At present, the UK provides 50 per cent of the EU’s waters but receives only a 25 per cent share of the Total ...
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Did the "Windows Web Browser Choice Screen" enforced by the EU make a difference?

In response to a EU anti-trust ruling, European Android users will soon be presented with a browser choice screen. Those of us who are old enough will remember that the same thing happened on Windows ...
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Does the EU fund you only if you legally agree not to damage the EU's reputation in any way?

In this YouTube video shows clips of Jacob Rees-Mogg. At 6:55, he is shown hosting an LBC talkback show, talking about EU funding. He claims: You don't get money from the EU unless you sign up to ...
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Do EU countries have the right to close their airspace to a particular plane model?

According to this article in "el país" España delega en la UE la paralización del nuevo modelo 737 de Boeing, the Spanish government claims that El Gobierno señala que no tiene competencias para ...
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Do a significant proportion of the British public think "no-deal" Brexit means staying in the EU?

Brexit is the plan to take the UK out of the European Union. The way the law is currently framed means that this will happen automatically at the end of march 2019 if no transition deal is arranged. ...
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Is large Muslim immigration within an European country a cause for higher sexual violence in that particular country?

An article in FrontPage Magazine argues that: the more open a European country is to Muslim mass migration, the more dangerous it is to women. It provides various examples of European countries ...
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Were Dacians in North and South America 9,000 years ago?

I have read that the scientist Robert Marks, President of Subaquatic Archeological American Council, declared in 1982 that he have found some Dacian artifacts that are around 2,000 years old in North ...
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Does the Sargentini Report contain 37 factual errors? [closed]

On Tuesday, September 11, 2018, Viktor Orbán stated that the Sargentini report includes thirty-seven major factual errors Does it?
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Did Jean-Claude Juncker claim that more than 80% of EU citizens want to abolish daylight saving time?

Background: After a recent public call to send in opinions on whether or not to keep the daylight saving time switch in the EU, it seems like a vast majority among the people who sent in their ...
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Will taxing EU-made cars at 25% invert the US-EU trade deficit? [closed]

Trump claimed at a rally in West Virginia yesterday that taxing European Union cars at 25% would take the 151bn dollars trade deficit (with the EU) and turn it on its head, i.e. into a US surplus of ...
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Is the “climate change” responsible for the 2018 European heatwave? [closed]

The following article Why is Europe going through a heatwave? as well as other articles on the current heatwave in Europe and the British Isles tend to suggest that: The heatwaves in the northern ...
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Are there millions of cases of girls raped by Muslim men in Europe which resulted in only 222 convictions?

Recently I saw a youtube video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLT9JOE64WQ) where the first minute of the video seems to show a British man talking in Parliament where he says that since 2005 there ...
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Do one in three workers in Romania work for minimum wage?

I've read on a website that I don't know much about that (in 2017) Romania is a country viewed as an economic miracle in the European Union. Its unemployment hovers around five per cent, its growth ...
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Drop in IQ due to immigration?

An alt-right web site, "Red Ice" (apparently belonging to Henrik Palmgren), proposes that there's a nearly worldwide decrease in IQ due to immigration. The Red Ice piece apparently originated from unz....
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Are refugees forced across the Mediterranean Sea by traffickers against their will?

So far media has painted the picture that African refugees crossing the Mediterranean Sea pay huge sums to traffickers to be brought to Europe. In an interview with BR24 Claus-Peter Reisch, captain ...
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Does George Soros support plans for immigrants flows into Europe?

The idea that Geoge Soros and his Open Society Foundation is promoting the flows of immigrants into Europe is often cited as one of the main reasons why these flows exist and are not stopping anytime ...
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Will the 2019 EU Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market ban memes?

There have been lots of reports recently about how the EU are trying to ban memes. For example: Trusted reviews The European Union (EU) is pressing ahead with efforts to ban online memes under new ...
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Do you need a passport to travel from Germany to the Czech Republic? [closed]

Per the McClatchy Report, Michael Cohen entered the Czech Republic through Germany and thereby bypassed getting a stamp on his passport from Czech officials. This is pertinent as he used the lack of ...
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Is it true that besides Volkswagen, many other car companies also similarly cheated in the emission test but faced limited consequences?

The Volkswagen emission cheating is well-known at this stage. However, I heard some people say that many other car manufacturers have actually been performing similar cheating in emission tests. Last ...
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Did Britain borrow $120 billion in 1945?

This copy-paste has being doing the rounds of local newspaper letters pages and dodgy hard-core pro-Brexit Facebook pages, etc: JEAN Claude Juncker should be forced to walk past every white ...
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Did no genocide occur in Kosovo? [closed]

British Member of Parliament Llew Smith filed a motion in 2004 which is being talked about today because one of the MPs who signed in support of it was Jeremy Corbyn, now leader of the opposition of ...
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Has the George Soros's Open Society Foundation been banned from Austria by Sebastian Kurz?

This October 2017 article from Extraordinary News, "Youngest World Leader Bans George Soros’s Foundations From Austria" makes the claim about the Chancellor-designate of Austria, Sebastian ...
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Was EU flag's design inspired by the statue of Virgin Mary?

In this video it is claimed that the person who designed it was passing the statue of Virgin Mary with 12 stars and applied it to the design of the flag. How much of this claim is true? Footnote: ...
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Is this map of terrorist attacks in Europe accurate?

Recently this map of terrorist attacks in Europe went viral and was reposted many times in social media. Does it present actual data about terrorist attacks? Background: The map gained popularity ...
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Does Germany contribute 1/3 of the EU budget?

This morning I heard an interview with a german politician in the DLF (Deutschlandfunk) and he said something like Germany is already contributing 1/3 of the whole EU budget. when asked, why he ...
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Is this "fall of industrial production" graph accurate?

A candidate to the French presidency tweeted The fall in industrial production in Spain, Italy and France of course has a link with the euro. However I have a couple of doubts on its accuracy ...
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Did an Austrian court require a child to prove that they did not consent to rape?

The Sun's headline says: SHOCK RULING Outrage as Iraqi migrant who raped boy, 10, in ‘sexual emergency’ at swimming pool has conviction OVERTURNED because court couldn’t prove the child said ‘no’ ...
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Are there any women in the top one hundred chess players?

According to this video, a Polish politician named Janusz Korwin-Mikke claimed: Do you know how many women are in the first hundred of chess players? I tell you – no one. Is he correct that zero ...
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