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Old November 23rd, 2014, 12:20 AM   #11741
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The former BAB61 border crossing is not included in the list...
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Old November 23rd, 2014, 12:24 AM   #11742
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Hopefully sometime in the near futue a bit Maastrich-Liège conurbation forms. Housing in Belgium is much cheaper.
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Old November 23rd, 2014, 02:25 AM   #11743
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"Facilités/Faciliteiten" for Dutch-speakers in Liège/Luik!

Why not a Maastricht/Liège/Aachen conurbation? And Monchengladbach and Genk and....Continuous urbanization from Hasselt to Dortmund!
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Old November 23rd, 2014, 02:34 AM   #11744
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Why not a Maastricht/Liège/Aachen conurbation? And Monchengladbach and Genk and....Continuous urbanization from Hasselt to Dortmund!
Madrid to Moscow
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Old November 23rd, 2014, 03:14 AM   #11745
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TOTALS:

Germany 2010 166500
Germany 2013 187600

Belgium 2010 191800
Belgium 2013 194700

Which is interesting on a couple of levels:

Substantial increase in crossings of the Dutch-German border;
Crossings of the Dutch-Belgian border are higher.
I'm always happy to see more people crossing borders. Always makes me feel another war a bit less likely and people making a few new friends of the other side
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Old November 23rd, 2014, 06:31 AM   #11746
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Hopefully sometime in the near futue a bit Maastrich-Liège conurbation forms. Housing in Belgium is much cheaper.
Would you live in a dump like Liege? Anyway, it's already practically connected. Bye bye, have a nice time in Belgium
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Old November 23rd, 2014, 06:45 AM   #11747
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What do you have against Belg... oh, right. Never mind.
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Old November 23rd, 2014, 06:49 AM   #11748
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I've got nothing against Belgium. But Liege is indeed a bit of a crap hole... Old industrial city. Go and see for yourself.



That is Prague by the way...

Back to Dutch roads now, it only takes 15 mins to drive from Maastricht to Liege if you put your foot down. Which brings us to the next problem, because after you cross that border... Well, you get my meaning...

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Old November 23rd, 2014, 01:12 PM   #11749
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I'd say the biggest problem with putting your foot down on that stretch of road is that it massively increases your chances of being pulled over for suspected drug running.

French speaking cops are scary.
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Old November 23rd, 2014, 01:53 PM   #11750
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I see French drugrunners being pulled over by the Belgian police all the time. Bu I disagree with French-speaking cops being scary. Especially the French gendarmes but als the French CRS are lovely people. Helpful, understanding and a nice sense of humour, unlike their German colleaugues. I never had any problems with the French arm of the law, unlike what the French-bashers would like you to believe.
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Old November 23rd, 2014, 02:13 PM   #11751
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I don't listen to French-bashers, I have my own experiences with Belgian cops and they were deeply unpleasant.
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Old November 23rd, 2014, 02:19 PM   #11752
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I don't know much about Frecnh-speaking cops. They pulled me over for speeding once, but they seemed fair enough. The Flemish ones are ok though...
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Old November 23rd, 2014, 02:21 PM   #11753
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What about German colleaugues?
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Old November 23rd, 2014, 03:01 PM   #11754
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I've been stopped by police 4 times in Netherlands while driving, over last 6 years.

Sometimes I like to cruise at low speed, quietly, on posh residential areas, or rural roads, as they are pretty to check out.

Location of two unusual stops were:

Here - driving quietly through an expensive area to kill time until I was on clock to meet a friend living in another neighborhood nearby. It was a Sunday early morning, like 6AM in June. Police came and just asked to see my ID, car registration. They checked, I noticed they were looking inside the car, and then after they ran the docs somewhere they were less serious/worried and just casually told me they were sorry for stopping me but a neighbor had noticed a car moving around twice there and called the police. The policewoman told me the area has had unnecessary calls on 'suspicious' cars twice that week already. So I just told them I was just driving around to kill time, they said good bye and off I went as well.

Here - I was taking pics of industrial structures of the port from inside the parked car, police car stopped behind my car here, and two officers asked me if I was okay, and then if I was alone, and then if I was lost, and finally what exactly I was doing there. This happened also on an early summer morning, on a Sunday as well.

I think police cannot ask "where are you going" if you are on a public street where it is legal to drive with legal car and legal license?

the other instances were two alcohol and drug checkpoints
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Old November 23rd, 2014, 03:28 PM   #11755
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What about German colleaugues?
Depends where in Germany you are. In Berlin and all over eastern Germany they are pretty easy going. In Bavaria - as a foreigner - you're often subjected to Gestapo style police checks.
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Old November 23rd, 2014, 04:26 PM   #11756
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In Berlin and all over eastern Germany they are pretty easy going.
I thought they are stricter, because of their communist past.


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Old November 23rd, 2014, 04:55 PM   #11757
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These young blokes who are in the force now have no communist past. This goes for any ex-communist country in the EU.
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Old November 23rd, 2014, 08:17 PM   #11758
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Old November 24th, 2014, 01:31 PM   #11759
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I think police cannot ask "where are you going" if you are on a public street where it is legal to drive with legal car and legal license?
They can ask anything, but there's a limit to the questions you're obliged to answer. That may be one of those where you can say "no comment" and get away with it.

Although if they really wanted to find out, they could follow you on cameras and stuff.
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Old November 24th, 2014, 03:17 PM   #11760
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They can ask anything, but there's a limit to the questions you're obliged to answer. That may be one of those where you can say "no comment" and get away with it.

Although if they really wanted to find out, they could follow you on cameras and stuff.
And how do you think they would react when you would answer "no comment"?
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