Disinfo: All German political parties are following directives from Washington

Summary

[It is] to deplore the confrontation-oriented agitation against Russia and China, as well as the systematically constructed “enemy image of Putin”. Germany would be centrally endangered in the event of a conflict between East and West, and only ignorant people and dreamers rule this out. The reasons for this lies in the fact that almost all political organisations in Germany, including the parties, have been infiltrated and are following the directives from Washington.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about German-American relations. Pro-Kremlin outlets often use the disinforming narrative about different countries being under the American thumb - see other examples here.

German political parties are not following directives from Washington, they are independent and not dependent on the United States of America in terms of their foreign policy making and therefore it is a conspiracy theory presented without any evidence. Germany and the US have close partner relations of two sovereign and independent countries.

For other disinformation cases see: Germany is a vassal of the US; Germany is the executor of US hegemony over Europe; The USA is controlling Europe through occupied Germany; Germany will have to choose between defending Europe's interest and catering to Washington.

This disinformation message appeared in the same article as the claim that NATO does not serve the purpose of war prevention, it continues to wage wars.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 217
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: US, Germany
  • Keywords: US presence in Europe, Sovereignty, Conspiracy theory

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Disproof

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