Belgian invasion?: Farmer’s tractor gaffe accidentally triggers border dispute with France

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    Napoleon Bonaparte’s defeat at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 was key turning point in France’s history that literally changed the shape of the country. After the decisive battle, stones were placed along its new border with what is now Belgium.

    But about 200 years later, a Belgian farmer has now dug up one of the stones after it blocked his tractor’s path, and moved it about two metres into France — mistakenly staking claim to more land for his country. Redmond Shannon reports on the accidental border dispute that probably only the biggest history buffs would have been able to avoid.

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    In This Story: Belgium

    Belgium, officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a country in Western Europe. It is bordered by the Netherlands to the north, Germany to the east, Luxembourg to the southeast, France to the southwest, and the North Sea to the northwest.

    It covers an area of 30,689 km2 (11,849 sq mi) and has a population of more than 11.5 million, making it the 22nd most densely populated country in the world and the 6th most densely populated country in Europe, with a density of 376 per square kilometre (970/sq mi). The capital and largest city is Brussels; other major cities are Antwerp, Ghent, Charleroi, Liège, Bruges, Namur, and Leuven.

    Legally, Belgium is a sovereign state and a federal constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system. Its institutional organization is complex and is structured on both regional and linguistic grounds. It is divided into three highly autonomous regions: the Flemish Region in the north, Wallonia in the south, and the Brussels-Capital Region.

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