Disinfo: Europe, in fact, is a colony of the United States

Summary

Europe, in fact, has become a colony of the United States. Both Germany and the EU as a whole need to defend their economic and political interests. The United States may lose control of Europe.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative portraying Europe as a vassal of the USA and trying to undermine the sovereignty of European countries. The message appears in the article in the context of Nord Stream 2. The European Union is a sovereign entity, created by the voluntary initiative of European nations, and it has its own, independent foreign policy. Its citizens are directly represented in the European Parliament and Member States are represented in the European Council and the Council of the EU. The United States of America is not part of these institutions. The US had no role in the creation of the EU and has no say in its decisions. In fact, the EU Member States are sovereign countries and make sovereign decisions about their own security and policies. The US is an important ally to the EU, but the EU policy is not determined by the US. Similar disinformation narratives claim that European élites obey Washington, that EU and NATO member states are subordinate to the US, while the US has long regarded the EU as a kind of protectorate, and that lined up with the US, the EU never took independent decisions.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 206
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16/07/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: EU, US
  • Keywords: economy, US presence in Europe, Sovereignty, Europe
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Disproof

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