Political map of Europe & the Mediterranean 4 January 1894 (Franco-Russian Alliance): German attempts to keep France isolated by maintaining alliances with the other powers of Europe began to unravel in the late 1880s when Russia broke with the League of Three Emperors (League of the Three Emperors) over conflicting interests with Austria-Hungary. In 1894, the Russians went a step further and joined in a formal alliance with the French (Franco-Russian Alliance). There were now two opposing power blocs in Europe.