US politics are prone to misinformation, says former Danish PM

US politics are prone to misinformation, says former Danish PM

Why has Europe been less affected by online misinformation than America has been?

"The democratic debate in Europe is less hostile and less fragmented than in the US," former Danish PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt said at the World Economic Forum in Davos, during a Global Stage livestream discussion hosted by GZERO in partnership with Microsoft. She was joined by Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group and GZERO Media; Brad Smith, president and vice chair of Microsoft; and moderator Nicholas Thompson, CEO of The Atlantic.


Thorning-Schmidt believes that the fragmentation of American politics has led to a vacancy in the middle, which makes US politics "prone to misinformation."

In contrast, in Europe everyone still seeks the middle ground, which is a "huge difference [between] Europe and the US right now."

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