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A document containing a treaty or pledge which one does not intend to honour. The phrase (a translation of German ein Fetzen Papier) is attributed to the German Chancellor, Theobald von Bethmann Hollweg (1856–1921), in connection with German violation of Belgian neutrality in August 1914.

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