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Italy is of course deeply interested ia what is happening in tbe Balkans, ?ays an exchange, and we are now told that special significance attaches to the conferences which have recently been held at Petrograd between the Italian Ambassador and the Rumanian and Servian Ministers. These con ferences have recalled tbe rumours that Italy and Rumania have agreed to pursue parallel tactics. Public feeling in Italy has been extremely bitter against Aus'ria for some time past owing to tbe bwrsh way in which the Italian population of Austria has been treated. aDd this bitterness has been intensified by a clashing of inter e?ts in the Balkans. In an interview with a iepre?entative of the "Giornale d'ltalia". Mr Churchill stated that the day will come when Italy Rill be given her natural fiontiers in their in tirety. The "Giomale d'ltalia" re garded this as a hint that Italy is j among the nations which would gain from the fall of the Hapsburg Empire. But Italy knows that she cannot ex pect to particpate in the fruits of victory, unless she is prepared to bear her share of the risk and burden of war. She has been giviDg the matter long and anxious consideration, and tbe conferences at Petrograd, tak'n in conjunction with tha unmistakable movement in the Balkans in the direction of an understanding favourable to the Allies, and also the fact that the lialian Ambassador in London has been called into consultation, point in tbe direction of decisive measures j being taken to meet the new situaI tion caused by Turkey's entry into tbe war.

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ITALY AND THE WAR., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3457, 1 December 1914

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ITALY AND THE WAR. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3457, 1 December 1914

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