Disinfo: The US and UK interfere in Europe’s affairs and try to destabilise it

Summary

The second most important reason [behind the destabilisation of the political situation in Europe] is the interference of outside powers, especially the United States and Britain, in the political life of continental Europe. The United States has no interest in reshaping the EU into a strong and capable structure. That would threaten America’s interests in Europe.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the US presence in Europe, portraying Europe as a vassal of the USA and trying to undermine the sovereignty of European countries. Additionally, the claim that the UK interferes in European affairs and aims to destabilise it is completely baseless and not backed up with any evidence.

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 EU policy is not determined by the US, as explained by the EU High Representative.

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 common 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.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 175
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/11/2019
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: UK, US
  • Keywords: US presence in Europe, Conspiracy, Europe

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