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The German Cantons are a group of towns in the eastern part of Belgium, where a German dialect is spoken by most of the population. Since Belgium had been invaded by Germany during World War I in breach of its neutrality, and because it suffered greatly, especially along the frontlines in Flanders, the Treaty of Versailles specified that Germany was to cede a small amount of territory to Belgium as part of war reparations.

The largest towns in this bloc are Eupen, Saint-Vith and Malmedy; Malmedy is mostly French speaking.