As soon as the ANWV gained a more pronounced political profile, the cooperation became much more difficult.
The early success of the ANWV further waned in the 1880s as socialist groups became more radical and more independent.
Examples from abroad inspired some workers to become part of the Internationale at the end of the 1860s, others to create a national alternative in the ANWV shortly afterward.
This is evident because, when in the course of the ANWV
meeting in question, the German programme was dealt with point by point, the social democratic delegates appeared to know little more about it than that it had been translated from the German.