European elections: Brussels, nest of spies, ever more the target of foreign interference

European elections: Brussels, nest of spies, ever more the target of foreign interference
European elections: Brussels, nest of spies, ever more the target of foreign interference

The 27 elections in June exacerbate the attempts at destabilization and influence exerted by foreign countries, Russia and China in the lead. European institutions are actively seeking to combat this threat to democracy

Published on May 8, 2024 at 9:44 p.m.

It is an open secret. Like cities like New York, Washington or Geneva, Brussels is teeming with spies. European capital and headquarters of NATO, a strategic transit point for many heads of state, diplomats, financiers, industrialists and lobbyists, its decision-making power also makes it a breeding ground for all kinds of foreign interference and destabilization operations. . Especially during an election period.

“There are many more leaders or big bosses who pass through Brussels than at the White House. It is therefore very tempting to get closer, to place people ready to defend certain interests, to try to influence MEPs,” comments Axel Legay, professor of cybersecurity at the Catholic University of Louvain.

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