Promises countries make to gain entry into NATO or the EU are similar to Mary Poppins’s description of pie crust: Easily made, easily broken.
The source: “Pie
Crust Promises and the Sources of Foreign Policy: The Limited Impact of
Accession and the Priority of Domestic Constituencies” by Stephen M.
Saideman and R. William Ayres, in Foreign Policy Analysis, July 2007.
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