The struggle between Slav and Teuton has been waged for a thousand years. This was presumably why Hitler said the Third Reich would last for a thousand years. He was wrong, and just as wrong will Barosso be if he thinks the EU will last even a 100 years.
The EU has been in an expansive period since the European Coal and Steel Community Treaty was signed in 1950. My concern over the latest developments in the EU – its Drang nach Osten – was the very reason I started this blog: that plus the staggering amount of funding that the EU was prepared to put into propping up the bankrupt state of Ukraine. I have no desire that any funding that is pumped is into Ukraine, but like everyone else who is a citizen of a member state of the EU I can see no way I can be involved in effectively changing the decisions, still less reverse those that have been taken in spending my money on this lunatic adventure. Drang nach Osten has been a fact of German policy since time immemorial, at least since the 13th century.
“Drang nach Osten is connected with the medieval German Ostsiedlung. This “east colonization” referred to the expansion of German culture, language, states, and settlement into eastern and Northern European regions inhabited by Slavs and Balts.”
From Königsberg to Kaliningrad: The fortress of Königsberg was founded in 1255 by the State of the Teutonic Order. Königsberg has played a central role in modern history. I first came across it in my research on the Junker class in East Prussia before leaving Aberdeen for Minnesota University in 1970, where I proof read and returned the final version. The article formed one of the two studies in ruling class elites (the other being Highland Scotland lairds) published in 1972 in Social Theory and Social Practice. A summary of this article can be found on my IBF home page here. Königsberg is also known today as Kaliningrad oblast, the Russian exclave between Lithuania and Poland. It faces the city of Gdańsk in the Pomeranian voivodeship of Poland, facing the Kaliningrad oblast across the shallow bay that separates them.
Gdańsk is the modern name of Danzig, which most people know in the context of the Danzig Corridor, but which today is called the Polish Corridor. I think this renaming is odd, would not the Gdańsk Corridor have been more straightforward? Perhaps neither the Poles nor the Germans were entirely comfortable about too close an association with the Nazi era and Hitler? The interesting point is that today – as in the 1930s – it is still a “corridor”, Poland’s only access to the Baltic. The following quote is taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teutonic_Knights:
“The Teutonic Knights formed at the end of the 12th century in Acre, in the Levant, the medieval Order played an important role in Outremer, controlling the port tolls of Acre. After Christian forces were defeated in the Middle East, the Order moved to Transylvania in 1211 to help defend the South-Eastern borders of the Kingdom of Hungary against the Kipchaks. The Knights were expelled by force of arms by king Andrew II of Hungary in 1225, after allegedly attempting to place themselves under Papal instead of the original Hungarian sovereignty.”
This is historically the most complex region of Europe, and still today forms the heart of the problem of Russia in Europe. It is also clearly problematic for the aims of the Lisbon Treaty. The EU has now expanded its power eastwards to include all the states as far east as Estonia, a mere 100 km from St. Petersburg.
Clearly, Drang nach Osten in the North would involve a direct challenge to Russia. In the south the EU Council decided that Ukraine remained the plumb area to expand into. This part of the Novorossiya is known generally as the Granary of Europe. Hitler invaded this part of Russia in 1942, partly to control grain supplies while outflanking the Russians in the south. The steppes were ideal to unleash the Wehrmacht panzer divisions across. The Red Army fought a fighting retreat to the Volga, desperately trying to avoid attempts to surround pockets of resistance. They took a stand in the city of Stalingrad (now Volgograd). An abstract of my article on the panzer blitzkrieg together with full publication details is on my home page here).
It is a curious – not to say creepy – coincidence that the EU is trying to get Novorossiya to join the EU: an attempt to achieve what Hitler failed to achieve by brute force but this time with (relatively) peaceful means.
The history of the Ostmark involves Swedish banks in the Baltic States, and even involved Hungary: the Treaty of Versailles way back in 1919 is still problematic in Hungary today.
In this context to claim that the Drang nach Osten is irrelevant is hard to accept. It becomes impossible when expansion of the EU Empire eastward to the River Don is taken into account. The distance between Donetsk and Brussels is some 2,500 km.
The USA is a very convenient partner in the EU’s Drang nach Osten, the hegemonic superpower with bases all over the world. The EU can shelter behind the coat tails of the superpower. The EU provides funds to subsidise Ukraine with while the US provides the military threat. Any superpower will be interested if there is an important military base for it to take over in a part of the world where it has no military presence, especially if it covers potential sensitive political and military targets at close range.
There is no end to this war in a faraway country that the USA and the EU are so keen to dominate. The only news we get from the West’s media is unreliable. I have had to ferret out the real situation by long and exhaustive internet searches. By a combination of news blackout and propaganda alone I know that we are at war with Russia, though this is a return to Cold War years. Yet the eastern provinces of Novorossiya are predominantly Russian and a long drawn out civil war is being fought for control of the cities that we hear little about except when things go well for Ukrainian forces. But one day the truth will out. Just as it did in the Second World War some 65 years ago.
For an alternative view to those in the Western media see The Vineyard of the Saker: http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.se, several posts a day, and it will become clear that the western media has it wrong. Oddly enough all the interesting websites are run (or advised by) Russian exiles living in North America legally as citizens, mostly in USA. The most useful are:
Some of them have numerous informed comments often with links. The comments are among the most useful resource one could want. Also useful are the following websites: