The US exploited this perception to reassert its hegemony over Europe, after which it designated Germany as its “Lead From Behind” partner for containing Russia there on its behalf via the “military Schengen” and the “Baltic Defense Line”.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a popular Russian journalist that “They [politicians in EU countries] need to continue to construct an image of the enemy, to do it in a textured, prominent way, in order to justify the increase in spending. And, you see, the allocation of 50 billion – on the one hand, for the EU this amount is not a very big deal, but on the other hand it is still noticeable against the backdrop of the crisis markers manifesting themselves in the economies of EU countries.”
His comments came after the bloc resolved its prior impasse with Hungary to allocate €50 billion in funding for Ukraine over the next four years, but the larger context concerns the US’ reassertion of hegemony over the EU and last week’s agreement to partially implement the “military Schengen”. This confluence of events explains why the EU needs the image of Russia as an enemy in order for Germany to continue rebuilding “Fortress Europe” and a new “Iron Curtain” along the “Baltic Defense Line”:
* 28 December 2022: “The Five Ways That The US Successfully Reasserted Its Hegemony Over Europe In 2022”
* 24 November 2023: “NATO’s Proposed ‘Military Schengen’ Is A Thinly Disguised German Power Play Over Poland”
* 19 January 2024: “Germany Is Rebuilding ‘Fortress Europe’ To Assist The US’ ‘Pivot (Back) To Asia’”
* 22 January 2024: “The ‘Baltic Defense Line’ Is Meant To Accelerate The German-Led ‘Military Schengen’”
The analyses enumerated above describe the military-strategic dynamics in detail for those readers who are interested in learning more about them, but casual observers just need to know that these processes are driven first and foremost by the perception of Russia as an enemy. The US exploited that to reassert its hegemony over Europe, after which it designated Germany as its “Lead From Behind” partner for containing Russia there on its behalf via the “military Schengen” and the “Baltic Defense Line”.
This will eventually free up American forces for their redeployment to the Asia-Pacific ahead of the Sino-US dimension of the New Cold War heating up more later this decade. As with Europe, the same process that the US just perfected with Russia and the EU will be emulated with China and its neighbors in Asia, with the end result being that the Sino–Russo Entente will be falsely framed as an existential threat. The purpose in doing so is to rally America’s Eurasian vassals around its leadership for containing those two.