Back to the OP, to begin with and with all due respect, the beginner of this thread (which apparently has not come back here yet) ostensibly had some problems to define the own idea, presumably both conceptual and linguistic.
As timely pointed out by other Historumites there seem to be some controversial statements here, either implicit or explicit; e.g.:
Originally Posted by afodro
Germany founded EU,but 4 countries joined it:Germany,Italy,Spain,USSR
First, Herr Hitler definitely didn't found the EU (the III Reich was not even any ancestry of the EU) and one could guess is such conception may be common in Turkey or any other location.
Even the infamous phrase Festung Europa
"Fortress of Europe" of the Nazi propaganda was an entirely different, unrelated and largely fictitious concept according to which the Aryan & Aryan-like peoples of the Continent would have joined forces in a Crusade-like sacred war under the Messianic leadership of the Führer against Bolchevism, Jews and other real or purported international menaces.
(Needless to say, this propagandistic concept was largely restricted to the twisted mind of Dr Goebbels).
Then, the regularly complex relationship between the III Reich and each of the three aforementioned powers was rather different in each case:
- From some initial mutual nationalist conflict the Fascist Italy soon became the closest German ally, even if this nation didn't join the war until the utter military collapse of the Western front was already a fact.
Even so, the Fascist Italy had the uncomfortable tendency (for the Germans) of keeping an independent agenda from the very beginning; e.g. Mussolini supported Franco much more enthusiastically than Hitler, and Italian soldiers fought against the Soviets (in Finland as "voluntaries") long before the Germans themselves.
After the Fall of Mussolini the Italian kiingdom became a de facto
defeated enemy for both sides, while a barely extant collaborationist regime euphemistically called "Repubblica Sociale Italiana
" (aka the Republic of Salo) was improvised by the Germans in their occupied zone.
- The anti-communist III Reich gave some valuable but often uneasy (for both sides) support to the Spain of Franco against the leftist Republic during the long Spanish Civil War.
However, both for his close economic ties with the UK & America and for finding the proposed German compensation too meager, Franco actually evaded any close cooperation against the West.
Conversely, the anti-communist Spain most enthusiastically participated in the war against the Soviets.
The timely emergence of the Cold War and its remote western position ostensibly saved Spain frok the expectable retribution.
- In spite of the inherent virtually absolute ideological incompatibility between Nazism & Communism, the Soviet Union opportunistically profited from the very beginning from the war between her major enemies by reaching a critical agreement on the mutual spheres of influence with the III Reich (ostensibly the weakest side at the beginning) that largely tended to balance the military odds of both sides of such war.
After the amazing sudden total collapse of the western front & France, it became evident for both the III Reich and the USSR that the eventual mutual clash was inevitabl.
The mutual diplomatic approaches between both powers never resulted in any true military alliance and in hindsight it's evident that both sides were trying to gain some valuable time for duly stabbing each other; Herr Hitler was eventually able to achieve tactical surprise against Uncle Joe, and from then onward the fierce colossal fanatic clash in the Eastern Front became by large the major portion of WW2 in Europe.