East StratCom disinformation claim:

The 19th and 20th centuries have shown clearly that as soon as the European Union [sic] was under one leadership – whether Napoleon or Hitler – it launched a “Drang nach Osten” – the first thing that comes to mind is an attack against Russia.

Documentation for claim

published by

Period/date: 15. November 2016

Debunk claim:

The European Union did not exist during neither Napoleon’s or Hitler’s rule.”Drang nach Osten” (German: thrust towards the East) was a term coined in the 19th century to designate German expansion into Slavic lands. The EU never attacked Russia nor have any of its Member States signalled any intentions to do so.

Documentation for the debunk

Additional information

This information is reported by Pavel Spirin, former journalist in Disinformation Review issue 48. The item is located at row number 26 in the report.

Click to view the source material, or here to view all reports from issue 48.