German Chancellor Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg reportedly called this "a scrap of paper" not worth fighting over.
The Reinsurance Treaty
The London Treaty
Treaty of Versailles
The Dual Alliance
The London Treaty.
In late July, 1914, German Chancellor Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg reportedly called the 1839 London Treaty, in which all the European powers had guaranteed Belgian neutrality, "a scrap of paper? not worth fighting over. On July 27, Germany had informed Belgium and Luxembourg of its intention to pass its troops through their countries. Bethmann-Hollweg was trying to persuade Britain not to declare war based on the treaty. Unsuccessful in his efforts, Britain and Belgium declared war when German troops entered Belgium on August 4.
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