Why did Germany form an alliance with Austria Hungary and Italy?

Germany and AustriaHungary had been closely allied since 1879. The treaty provided that Germany and AustriaHungary were to assist Italy if it were attacked by France without Italian provocation; Italy would assist Germany if Germany were attacked by France.

Keeping this in consideration, what was the alliance between Germany and Austria Hungary and Italy called?

The Triple Alliance

Beside above, why did Italy not honor its alliance with Germany? Italy feared an aggression from France, and the terms of the agreement ensured that it would get assistance in case it was attacked: the nature of the alliance was only defensive. So, when Austria-Hungary declared war on the Triple Entente, without consulting the allies, Italy was not binded by the agreement.

Correspondingly, why does Germany support the Austro Hungarian Empire?

Germany’s Otto von Bismarck saw the alliance as a way to prevent the isolation of Germany and to preserve peace, as Russia would not wage war against both empires. The agreement remained an important element of both German and AustroHungarian foreign policy until 1918.

Why did Germany give a blank check to Austria?

3) The so-called “blank Check” was merely an assurance that Germany supported justice against Serbia – it was meant to support Austria-Hungary strictly against Serbia – NOT to provoke a European conflict. Both Germany and Austria discounted Russian participation and did not desire a major war.

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