WWI ARGUS ARCHIVE: Fears Balkan dispute could become European conflict

WWI ARGUS ARCHIVE: Fears Balkan dispute could become European conflict

WWI ARGUS ARCHIVE: Fears Balkan dispute could become European conflict

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Excitement in France

Echo de Paris States that the German Ambassador called on the Foreign Affairs minister and the communication transformed the Austro Serbian dispute into a European diplomatic conflict.

He read a note stating that the Berlin government approved of the Austro Hungarian note both in substance and form and hoped the 'discussion' would remain localised between Vienna and Belgrade adding however that intervention of a third state had given rise to tension between the two groups of powers.

The Petit Parisienne declares that since yesterday France and Russia took concerted action for the preservation of peace between Austro Hungary and Serbia. All the other papers discuss the ultimatum and dwell on the fact that a moment has been chosen when the Russian government is struggling with a formidable strike and the British government is in difficulties in Ulster, to bring its threats to a head.

Several newspapers believe the situation has not gone beyond a peaceful solution while recognising that it is one of the most serious that has ever arisen in Europe.

Montenegro's attitude Rome

The newspaper Piccolo do Trieste recalls the fact that the Montenegro prime minister in an interview with its representative before the presentation of the Austrian note to Serbia declared that Montenegro would stand by Serbia in any eventuality.

Cettinje, Montenegro

The Austro-Hungarian note to Serbia is regarded here as a violation to the latter's sovereignty and is consequently characterised as unacceptable. Reuter Bulgaria's attitude Sofia - The Austro-Hungarian note has produced a deep impression here by reason of the firmness of its language and the harshness of its demands. Well informed politicians declare that Bulgaria will observe an expectant attitude during the present crisis and will follow the development of the dispute with the deepest interest.

General upheaval

The ultra conservative Zemstchina [Russian newspaper] says that if Austria insists upon the fulfillment of all her demands then war is more than probable and anticipates the neighbouring states will be gradually drawn in.

The intervention of Russia it says will be followed by that of Germany resulting in a general upheaval such has not been experienced since the Napoleonic era.

Referring to the labour troubles, the journal denounces the Jewish and the other enemies of Russia and advocates that drastic measures should be taken to prevent the repetition of the occurrences of 1905.

(In the original Argus copy, 'Serbia' was spelt 'Servia' as was then the style).

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