NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
8th February, 1902 : The German Embassy in Great Britain has reported a conversation between the British Colonial Secretary, Mr Joseph Chamberlain, and the Ambassador of France, M. Paul Gambon, concerning Anglo-German relations. According to the report, Mr Chamberlain told M. Gambon that he had been humiliated by Chancellor von Bulow’s recent speech in the Reichstag in Berlin, and that alliance between Germany and Britain is now impossible. As a matter of fact, the union between the two countries failed because Great Britain, which had reached a political agreement declaring a state of neutrality with Germany, refused to conclude the same agreement with two of the firmest allies of the German nation, Austria-Hungary and Italy.
[So Great Britain wanted a free hand against Italy and Austria-Hungary? Joseph’s son Neville of the umbrella also distinguished himself in the grubby “England über alles” diplomacy.]