5 JUNE 1909, Page 1


DURING the week there has been a great deal of talk about the meeting of the Czar and the Kaiser, which, it is said, will take place at sea on Juno 14th. The German Press is jubilant over the meeting, which it regards as a triumph for Germany, though apparently it is not yet known which Emperor invited the other. The Daily Mail correspondent at Berlin in the issue of Friday quotes an article from the Bismarckian Hamburger Nachrichten which contains the following passage :— "German diplomacy's duty is to drive further wedges between England and Russia; to smash the understanding between them wherever possible, and to recover for Germany the lost Russian rearguard. That is undoubtedly not easy, but it should be attempted. Germany would thereby render not only herself, but European peace, a great service. For if Russia again affords Germany reliable support any coalition against us is doomed from the start. On the other hand, an anti-German Russia abets every enterprise capable of endangering the world's peace. German policy has now perhaps an opportunity to avert the perils raised by its blind partisanship of Austria's Balkan interests. It has perhaps an opportunity to make good in Persia what Russia was deprived of in Bosnia."