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Activists are battling propaganda and voter apathy ahead of 2019’s EU elections

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Laurence Lafarge
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For better or for worse, tech will play a pivotal role in this year’s European elections, which promise to be a heated and fraught affair, and have the potential for the same kind of foreign influence that marred the 2016 US Presidential Election.

European elections are frequently overlooked, as evidenced by their historically low voter turnout.

Looking at 2014’s EU elections, for example, shows just 35 percent of eligible Brits casting a ballot for their MEPs.

Firstly, you’ve got a Europe-wide rise of far-right Eurosceptic parties, like Italy’s Lega Nord and Germany’s AFD.

Elsewhere, initiatives are taking root to monitor Facebook and other social networks for potential electoral malfeasance.

Nigel Farage’s newly-formed Brexit Party promises to be the primary outlet of rage for leavers.

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