Why did Germany wait until 1914 to conclude an alliance with the Ottoman Empire?

Lord Oda Nobunaga

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Turkey was way too weak to commit. Also they had issues with Austria-Hungary and Italy, which were German allies. Both Bulgaria and Turkey joined the Central Powers, given that they were also targets in the Balkan Wars which fought against each other. At the end of the day they were cornered and needed a way out of a bad spot. But the Allies picked Russia, so the only other choice was Germany.
 
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Futurist

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Turkey was way too weak to commit. Also they had issues with Austria-Hungary and Italy, which were German allies. Both Bulgaria and Turkey joined the Central Powers, given that they were also targets in the Balkan Wars which fought against each other. At the end of the day they were cornered and needed a way out of a bad spot. But the Allies picked Russia, so the only other choice was Germany.
What disputes did the Ottomans and A-H have after 1908?
 

Lord Oda Nobunaga

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What disputes did the Ottomans and A-H have after 1908?
Not many issues as far as I'm aware. But there was bad blood over 1908. It was the Balkan Wars which really shifted that balance because both the Ottomans and the Hapsburgs saw it in their interests to impede the Balkan states. But in 1912 there was also the issue of the Italians pushing their interests into Libya and the Balkans. Which the Austrians wondered if this would not lead to Italy following up by encroaching on Austria's sphere. I guess they were still allied, but the issue at hand is due to this the Ottomans and Hapsburgs were in an awkward spot with regards to their own relations. You could say that the Balkan Wars is what made Ottoman entry into the Central Powers a possibility.

But to answer the main question, it comes down to the Ottomans not being prepared for a war with the Allies.
 
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