5/7/1914 Lunch with the Kaiser

Austria-Hungary’s special envoy, Alexander Hoyos, arrives in Berlin. It is Sunday. He briefs Ladislaus Szögyény, the Austro-Hungarian ambassador. Szögyény has lunch with Wilhelm II. The Kaiser agrees that Austria-Hungary should sort out Serbia and promises Germany’s full support in the event of trouble with Russia, Serbia’s ally. But he says that he will need to confer with Chancellor Bethmann Hollweg to confirm this.

Wilhelm also says that if Austria-Hungary is to go to war with Serbia, it should do so as soon as possible.

Hoyos himself meets Arthur Zimmermann, Germany’s deputy foreign minister. Zimmermann is impressed by Austria-Hungary’s plans to partition Serbia between Albania and Bulgaria.


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