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When Wild Boars Run Amok, But Hunters Refuse To Slaughter

Too many wild boars are roaming Germany, causing considerable damage to farms and forests. Their numbers need to be severely reduced, but German hunters have their own code for proper conduct.

No need to run
No need to run
Eckhard Fuhr

BERLIN — Wild boars are wonderful, at least from a journalistic point of view. In Germany, no other wild animal provides as much material as Sus scrofa, the ancestor of our domestic pig. The regular reports of damage caused by wild boars provide unending newspaper fodder: Chemnitz's inner city terrorized by a group of wild boars, Witzenhausen airport runways torn to pieces, a severe accident on the A5 motorway caused by crossing pigs, and one of Darmstadt's cemeteries vandalized by the snorting beasts looking for flower bulbs.

The rising numbers of wild boar are basically holding farmers, hunters, mayors and police hostage to their own fears of devastation. The damage they cause to agricultural land is immense. They can also wreak havoc on forests by uprooting young trees to eat their roots. They also carry nasty diseases, such as European swine fever, which could decimate the domestic pig population of entire regions.

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NATO Entry For Sweden And Finland? Erdogan May Not Be Bluffing

When the two Nordic countries confirmed their intention to join NATO this week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan repeated his plans to block the application. Accusing Sweden and Finland of' "harboring" some of his worst enemies may not allow room for him to climb down.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared opposition to Finland and Sweden entering NATO

Meike Eijsberg

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LONDON — When Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared his opposition to Finland and Sweden entering NATO, it took most of the West's top diplomatic experts by surprise — with the focus squarely on how Russia would react to having two new NATO members in the neighborhood. (So far, that's been a surprise too)

But now Western oversight on Turkey's stance has morphed into a belief in some quarters that Erdogan is just bluffing, trying to get concessions from the negotiations over such a key geopolitical issue.

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To be clear, any prospective NATO member requires the consent of all 30 member states and their parliaments. So Erdogan does indeed have a card to play, which is amplified by the sense of urgency: NATO, Sweden and Finland are keen to complete the accession process with the war in Ukraine raging and the prospect of strengthening the military alliance's position around the Baltic Sea.

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