The geographical center of the EU, marked with a red-white bar, was officially moved on Saturday after the departure of the United Kingdom. A lawn near the picturesque village of Gadheim in the German state of Bavaria now has the honor.
The bar was in the German municipality of Westerngrund until Saturday, which is about 56 kilometers north-west. The symbol has not left Germany since 2004; then ten mainly Eastern European countries joined the EU.
The mayor of Gadheim, Jürgen Götz, says in conversation with the AP news agency that he is happy and honored to be “the geographical center of the European Union”. He is also gloomy because a country is leaving the EU for the first time.
The bar is recognizable by the adjacent flags of the EU, Germany and the local municipality. The eighty inhabitants of Gadheim will probably have to deal with tourists looking for the place to visit in the future.
The geographical center is calculated by the French national cartographic institute IGN.