Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about EU-US relations. Pro-Kremlin outlets often use this narrative about different countries being under the American thumb. The trope has been used frequently, with several similar cases in the EU vs Disinfo database: 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.
The EU maintains partnerships with the world's key players, including emerging powers and regional groups. It seeks to ensure that these relationships are based on mutual interests and benefits. For instance, the EU’s joint foreign and security policy is designed to resolve conflicts and foster international understanding and is based on diplomacy and respect for international rules. Trade, humanitarian aid, and development cooperation also play an important role in the EU's international role.
The EU is in a prime position, when it comes to trade, as the EU is the largest economy in the world. The EU is the world’s largest trading bloc and external trade and investment have played a dynamic role in boosting its economic growth for many decades. Although growth is projected to be slow, the EU remains the largest economy in the world with a GDP per head of €25 000 for its 500 million consumers. The EU is the most open to developing countries. Fuels excluded, the EU imports more from developing countries than the USA, Canada, Japan and China put together. The EU benefits from being one of the most open economies in the world and remains committed to free trade.