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Only Mussolini stopped Hitler seizing Austria in 1934.
The Austro-German Agreement of 1936 was supposed to ensure Austria's independence.
The 1936 Agreement kept Austrian Nazis out of power.
Italy grew closer to Germany because they were cooperating in Spain.
The Hossbach Memorandum showed Hitler only wanted to add Austria to his territory.
Hitler provoked the crisis with Austria when France had a political crisis.