The relevance of digital activism has significantly increased due to the coronavirus outbreak that has locked billions of people at their homes. Having provided people with the ways to digitally materialize not widely represented issues in reality, Internet platforms have been extensively and rapidly gathering users with the aspiration to protest from all over the world over the past decades.
Europe is facing economic challenges due to the spread of COVID-19 across the continent. EU-politicians are warning for Chinese trying to take advantage of the current situation weakening the economy and status of the EU with the aim to gain economic assets and influence. In their publications MEPS and media-platforms are specifically mentioning China as a source of disinformation on the spread of Corona-virus in Europe.
Earlier this month, on April 12th, Margrethe Vestager, the executive vice-president of the European Commission gave an interview to the financial times, “European countries should buy stakes in companies to stave off the threat of Chinese takeovers, the EU competition chief has said, as Brussels steps up plans to protect businesses fighting for survival during the Covid-19 pandemic.”