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Borders & smuggling

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The border between Belgium and Germany is easy to recognise because of the wind turbines on the German side.

 

There hasn't been any more smuggling since the borders within Europe were opened. After the Second World War, however, bartering of coffee from Belgium against valuable items or everyday objects from Germany was vital for many inhabitants on the German side, and it was also a welcome earner for the Belgian citizens. Goods were smuggled in clothes altered specially for the purpose, in ambulances or in the tyres of lorries. On many occasions, the customs officers were bribed too.

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Borders & smuggling
4760 Büllingen