Disinfo: The EU continues the aggressive policies of Nazi Germany

Summary

The present ruling elites of the West follow many concepts of Nazi Germany. They continue considering the people of Russia and other post-Soviet countries as Untermenschen (“racially inferior” people) and the Eurasian space as Lebensraum (‘living space’). In this light, there is no difference between Hitler’s concept of a New Europe and the present European Union. The EU remains the Europe of capitals and elites, not the Europe of the people. The destruction of the USSR, NATO’s expansion to the East, banderovshchina (‘fascist regime’) in Ukraine and the revival of neo-Nazism in the Baltic states – all these are manifestations of an old West’s ‘Drang nach Osten‘ (Drive to the East) policy.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Nazis in the EU, that have been repeatedly debunked (see here). The European Union is set up with the aim of ending the frequent and bloody wars between neighbours, which culminated in the Second World War. The founders of the EU have no connection with Nazis. The Nazi ideology and the EU are based on opposite values ​​and principles. Read more here. In 2012, the EU was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for advancing the causes of peace, reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe.

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  • Reported in: Issue 151
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/05/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Germany, Baltic states, Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Western values, West, Historical revisionism, Anti-Russian, European Union, EU/NATO enlargement, Conspiracy theory, Nazi/Fascist
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Moldova imports fewer products from the EU

The share of EU countries in total Moldovan imports decreased from 48.33% to 46.61%. Compared to the same period in 2018, imports to Moldova of goods from the EU in January-February 2019 increased by only 0.05% to $ 387.73 million. The largest volumes of imports to Moldova from the EU countries in the first 2 months of 2019 came from Romania, Germany, Italy, Poland and France.

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This article has a headline that is misleading. According to information from the National Bureau of Statistics from Republic of Moldova, Moldovan imports from EU countries grew in the first two months of 2019, despite the headline's claiming the opposite. According to official data, in the first two months of 2017, the Republic of Moldova imported products from EU countries worth 273.402 thousand US dollars. In the first two months of 2019, Moldova imported products worth 387,729 thousand US dollars. Therefore, the trend is an upward trend. National Bureau of Statistics shows that in 2018 compared to 2017, imports of goods from the EU in Moldova increased by 19.4% to 2 billion 851.7 million US dollars.

There was coup d’état in Ukraine in 2014

There was coup d’état in Ukraine in February 2014. Political and economic relations between Russia and Western countries had deteriorated after the coup in Ukraine in 2014. After the coup d’état in Kyiv in February 2014, there were mass protests in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Euromaidan. The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was a reaction of numerous parts of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013. See the previous debunk here. The 2014 presidential election in Ukraine was a genuine election largely in line with international commitments and respecting fundamental freedoms, despite the hostile security environment in two eastern regions of the country. According to the OSCE, "the people of Ukraine had the opportunity to genuinely express their will at the ballot box". This fact was reconfirmed by the parliamentary elections of 26 October 2014. The OSCE characterised the vote as "an amply contested election that offered voters real choice, and a general respect for fundamental freedoms".

The EU and the US block rebuilding of Syria

Rebuilding of Syria is blocked by EU sanctions and US oil embargo. Millions were devoted for the reconstruction of Notre-Dame, but the reconstruction and restoration of the Syrian churches takes place only sporadically with church and private funds.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Syrian war. The EU is the leading donor in the international response to the Syrian crisis. In 2017, the EU, together with Ministers from Canada, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the UK and the US emphasised that recovery and reconstruction support for Syria hinges on a credible political process leading to a genuine political transition that can be supported by a majority of the Syrian people. Since the beginning of the Syrian crisis, the EU has mobilised all political and humanitarian tools at its disposal in support of the Syrian people, remaining one of the main supporters of UN-led efforts to reach a political solution and the main humanitarian donor for Syrians, with over €16.9 billion mobilised collectively from EU Member States in humanitarian, development, economic and stabilisation assistance. Moreover, €10 billion was made available by the EU in 2018 to enable de-mining in liberated areas. This de-mining work is intended to make infrastructure and land safe for use once again, and also includes mine risk education for local populations, for returnees, and for displaced people.