Political map of Europe & the Mediterranean 31 March 1906 (Tangier Crisis): Germany viewed the Entente Cordiale (Entente Cordiale) as a threat and tried to exploit the tensions caused by the war between Russia and Japan (Russo-Japanese War) to undermine it. However when the German Kaiser (Wilhelm II, German Emperor) decided to openly support the Sultan of Morocco against the French (First Moroccan Crisis), most of the other powers sided with France and he was forced to back down. As a compromise solution, the Algeciras Conference (Algeciras Conference) was called, affirming both Moroccan independence and French influence in Morocco.