The Brits have always played the divide & rule game on the continent, no matter which nation was in the ascendency at any given moment in history. For centuries they've been a negative, degenerate force in world affairs - like Uncle Shmuel is now.
"First: Do No Good." - The Hymiecratic Oath
"The man who does not exercise the first law of nature—that of self preservation — is not worthy of living and breathing the breath of life." - John Wesley Hardin