Europe

No shots fired! 2 EU nations exchange territory as friends

  • Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, left, turns around as the heel of the shoe of Queen Mathilde of Belgium gets stuck in between the cobblestones as she walks with King Philippe towards the National Monument on the start of their three-day visit to The Netherlands, in Amsterdam, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

    Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, left, turns around as the heel of the shoe of Queen Mathilde of Belgium gets stuck in between the cobblestones as she walks with King Philippe towards the National Monument on the start of their three-day visit to The Netherlands, in Amsterdam, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)  (The Associated Press)

  • King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium walks towards the national monument on Dam square on the start of their three-day visit to The Netherlands, in Amsterdam, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

    King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium walks towards the national monument on Dam square on the start of their three-day visit to The Netherlands, in Amsterdam, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)  (The Associated Press)

  • King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium, center, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, left, and Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan, right, walk towards the national monument on Dam square on the start of the three-day visit of the Belgian royal couple to The Netherlands, in Amsterdam, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

    King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium, center, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, left, and Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan, right, walk towards the national monument on Dam square on the start of the three-day visit of the Belgian royal couple to The Netherlands, in Amsterdam, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)  (The Associated Press)

The Netherlands and Belgium, with their royals in attendance, have signed a deal for a peaceful exchange of land between them for the mere fact that it makes sense to do so.

While the globe is littered with pieces of territory that are jealously held on to or fought over for historical reasons, the two neighboring nations on Monday signed away tiny plots of their land to the other because they were too much of a practical and jurisdictional bother.

On the meandering Meuse river, which divides both nations, Belgium gave up a tiny peninsula linked only to the Netherlands and got in return a nearby piece from its neighbor.

Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders said the signing shows "borders can also be changed in a peaceful manner."