January 27, 1915
According to reports received in Geneva from Innsbruck, Austria Emperor Franz Josef is "arranging to abdicate." The New York Times states that Franz Josef is "unable to agree with the views" of German Emperor Wilhelm II "regarding peace."
Franz Josef has adopted "this course" on the advice of his heir, Archduke Karl, and Baron von Burian, the Austro-Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs.
The Emperor "desires to leave his successor with a free hand" to further advance the discussion of peace/