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On 28 October 1908 an interview appeared in the British newspaper Daily Telegraph in which the German Emperor Wilhelm II mourned that he was the only anglophile German, and claimed that during the South African (Boer) War he had not only prevented a continental alliance against England, but that English victory was achieved on the basis of battle plans which he himself had drawn up for his grandmother Queen Victoria. This claim caused an uproar in Britain, while in Germany it raised serious constitutional questions about the role of the Emperor in German politics, especially his meddling in current affairs. While the German parliament's censure of the Emperor demonstrated its increased self‐confidence, its failure to press home this advantage to limit the Emperor's political rights also revealed its continued weakness in the Empire's constitutional system.

Subjects: Literature — Contemporary History (Post 1945).

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