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A wade through the swamp of Europe’s conspiracy culture

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Almost everyone seems to be represented: anti-vaccine activists, QAnon, right-wing populists, believers in a global “Deep State”, herbal-medicine advocates, as well as business leaders and the unemployed. What they have in common is a scepticism about the official discourse on the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as a certain porosity with far-right groupings.

Conspiracy theories and disinformation
  1. Right in the heart of Europe, a secret and influential disinformation network does Delhi’s dirty work
  2. A very Italian salsa of populism and conspiracy theories
  3. QAnon comes to Europe

In the background, explanatory ingredients can be discerned: a weakening of the socio-economic fabric, digital platforms that are quick to spread contestatory ideas, and upcoming elections. Conspirationists are a heterogeneous group whose rising power – with its potential for violence – worries Europe’s intelligence services. Their theories have gone viral and become the focus for incipient communities. The fear is that they will also destabilize democracy across Europe.

Under the direction of Constance Decorde.

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