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HARBOUR GIVEN TO THE DUTCH BY GOOGLE

Thursday February 24th, 2011
GERMAN HARBOUR GIVEN TO THE DUTCH BY GOOGLE
The term ‘Google It’ will soon be in the dictionary. Google is probably the most powerful online tool on the globe but does that give them the right to give a town to another country? Well Google Maps may have done just that and handed over a North West German harbour to the Netherlands.
When officials from to port town of Emden complained spokesmen for Google blamed the mistake on continuing border disputes between Germany and Holland.
This is apparently true! The border actually runs through the Ems-Dollart estuary which has banks in both countries. But there is an argument as to exactly whereabouts the border is. Germany claim it is close to the dykes on the Dutch side whilst the Netherlands say it is further away from the shore.
The dispute has yet to be resolved but shipping along the estuary remains uninterrupted. And, let’s face it, if the dispute is resolved they are hardly going to be able to build a fence!
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