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Have Germany and Italy always been allies?

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Italy didn't become a unified nation-state till 1861-70, and Germany only became a nation-state in 1871, so by historical standards the time-span for possible alliances is short. The answer is no. Although Italy was nominally one of the Central Powers it at first remained neutral in WW1, then fought alongside the Entente (Britain, France, etc.) against Austria-Hungary and Germany. In WW2 Italy changed sides.

However, historically, North Italy and Germany - Prussia were part of the Holy Roman Empire, so for almost a thousand years the two states were part of the same state.

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