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Governments, army [leader / leaders] and diplomats spend months, years or even decades creating borders between countries. A farmer [on / in] Belgium did not need so long. It took him just [a / the] few minutes to change the border between Belgium and France. He [did / made] Belgium about 1,000 square meters bigger and France about 1,000 square meters [small / smaller] . How? He [moved / amassed] a 150-kilogram boundary stone 2.29 metres [inside / inner] France. A boundary stone shows where the border between two countries or areas [liars / lies] . The stone the farmer relocated was laid down in 1819 [to / for] mark the French-Belgian border. The farmer did not move the stone for political reasons. He did it to make it easier to drive his tractor around his [kingdom / field] .

Moving the border between two countries could easily [unzip / create] a major diplomatic incident or even [steel / lead] to war. Luckily, diplomats in Belgium and France saw the [ha-ha / funny] side of this. They avoided an international crisis in a friendly [polite / manner] . The mayor [of / off] the Belgian town said: "The stone was placed there in 1819 following the [defeat / beat] of Napoleon. The situation should [be / being] resolved tomorrow. We will find the person who moved the stone so we can avoid any troubles. I still have to verify who the landowner [be / is] ." The mayor added: "We know exactly where the stone was before. It was [right / left] next to a tree." The mayor of the town across the border in France said: "I [full / fully] trust my Belgian counterpart, who did what was necessary."

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