Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Making European politicians accountable

"The cost of corruption in Italy amounts to half the global cost of corruption in the EU" — Oh, come on. "We are Europe's third contributor" — Absolutely. "There are almost as many Brits living in other European countries [as] there are other Europeans living in Britain" — Perhaps.

Those are only a few examples of some fact-checks on European political actors' statements made by FactCheckEU, a new website that aims to apply to EU politicians the fact-checking techniques already well known in the US, like those of PolitiFact or FactCheck.

With only a few months ahead before the European elections, European citizens and voters have now a very useful tool to make their political leaders accountable for what they say and write. Something that was patently missing.

Moreover, readers can submit a statement to fact-check and translate. Last but not least, FactCheckEU has got something that we at Presseurop value almost more than anything: it is in many languages (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Polish).

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