Disinfo: The US promotes the “Balkanisation” of Europe

Summary

The “Balkanisation” of Europe was designed by the US in order to provoke a decline of democratic values through selective terrorist attacks, the refugee crisis, and the rise of autocratic governments.

Disproof

No evidence is provided to support the articles' claims.

This claim combines at least three three pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives. The first is the narrative about the alleged US promotion of separatism and terrorism in different regions of the world as a means to destabilise rival countries.

The second narrative portrays the US as an imperialistic or occupying power in Europe that threatens the national sovereignty of European countries.

The third narrative claims that the US and other Western governments provoke wars, revolutions and other violent conflicts in order to flood Europe with refugees.

There is no evidence that the US promotes the Balkanisation, that is, the growth of separatism and ethnic fragmentation of states, of Europe, nor that the US aims to weaken democratic values in Europe. The claims that Washington resorts to “selective terrorist attacks” and deliberately floods Europe with refugees are likewise totally unfounded,

See similar cases claiming that the US organises migration to destroy Europe and that the US is the main global sponsor of terrorism and is also to blame for the increasing flow of migrants into the EU.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 223
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/11/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Italian, English
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: EU, US
  • Keywords: Terrorism financing, Refugees, US presence in Europe, Europe, Migration crisis, Conspiracy theory, Terrorism
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