Op 6 november 1937 sloot Italië zich aan bij het Anti-Kominternpact. Het besluit van Italië was een reactie op het falen van het Stresa Front, het Frans-Britse initiatief van 1935 dat duitsland ervan moest weerhouden verder te reiken dan zijn huidige grenzen. In het bijzonder probeerden beide naties het “Duitse expansionisme” te blokkeren, met name de annexatie van Oostenrijk, die de fascistische regering in Rome in die tijd ook wilde voorkomen.
Italian entry protocol (6 November 1937)
The Italian Government, the Government of the German Reich, the Imperial Government of Japan,
Considering that the Communist International continues constantly to endanger the civilised world in the West and the East, disturbing and destroying peace and order,
Convinced that only strict collaboration among all the States interested in the maintenance of peace and order, can limit and remove that danger,
Considering that Italy—who with the advent of the Fascist Regime has fought such a danger with inflexible determination and has eliminated the Communist International from her territory—has decided to range herself against the common enemy by the side of Germany and Japan, who for their parts are animated by the same will to defend themselves against the Communist International
Have, in accordance with Article 2 of the Agreement against the Communist International concluded at Berlin on 25th November, 1936, between Germany and Japan, agreed to the following:
Article 1: Italy participates in (entra a far parte) the Agreement against the Communist International and in the supplementary Protocol concluded on 25th November, 1936, between Germany and Japan, the text of which is quoted in the annex to the present Protocol.
Article 2: The three signatory Powers of the present Protocol agree that Italy shall be considered as an original signatory of the Agreement and of the supplementary Protocol mentioned in the preceding Article, the signature of the present Protocol being equivalent to the signature of the original text of the aforesaid Agreement and supplementary Protocol.
Article 3: The present Protocol will constitute an integral part of the above mentioned Agreement and supplementary Protocol.
Article 4: The present Protocol is drawn up in Italian, Japanese and German, each text being considered as authentic. It will enter into force on the day of the signature.
In faith of which the undersigned, duly authorised by their respective Governments, have signed the present Protocol and have attached their seals thereto.
Made in triplicate at Rome, the 6th November, 1937: Year 16 of the Fascist Era, which corresponds to 6th November of the 12th year of Showa.
Hansard Debates, Volume 327, 10 November 1937, hansard.parliament.uk, retrieved on 27 Sep 2019