Disinfo: The US is occupying Germany and Bavaria wants to break away


One of the taboo topics in Europe is the United States’ occupation of Germany. Ask any local Bavarian and they will tell you that there is no peace treaty with the United States, that the US is indeed the occupant, that the people are helpless, and that Bavaria should quit Germany, but not the European Union.


This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about US presence in Europe, according to which the US is portrayed as an imperialistic or occupying power that threatens the national sovereignty of European countries.

This claim reflects the views of the German Bavarian Party, which advocates the region's breakaway from Germany. The party did not make it to the Bavarian Parliament in 2019 elections, indicating that the vast majority of Bavarians do not share these views.


  • Reported in: Issue156
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: US, Germany
  • Keywords: Imperialism/colonialism, Occupation, US presence in Europe


Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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