25/7/1914 Germany urges Austria-Hungary to present the world with a fait accompli

Germany’s foreign minister, Gottlieb von Jagow, meets with Austro-Hungarian ambassador Ladislaus Szögyény. Serbia still has not replied to the ultimatum, but every expectation is still that it will be rejected. Jagow urges Austria-Hungary to move quickly on the expiry of the ultimatum, declaring war and then pressing ahead with military action to present the world with a fait accompli. Any delay, he says, makes it more likely that other parties will try to involve themselves in the conflict.

Szögyény quickly telegrams a report of this meeting back to Vienna.

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