To the Centre of Europe (12)

The centre of Europe is elusive, contested and far from trivial. (It) is saturated with symbolic meanings. The center is identical, powerful and sacred. In an anthropological sense, the centre is a place of home and the source of identity; its singularity and symmetry make it transcendental.[1]

The geographical centre of the EU, on the other hand is relatively easy to quantify. It changes as member states enter and leave. In 1987 when the EU consisted of 12 members the centre was calculated to be in the village of Saint Andre le Coq, central France. In 1990, following the reunification of Germany, the centre moved some 25 km to the east to the village of Saint Clement. Both villages are 25 km from Vichy, to the southwest and southeast repectively. Another expansion saw the centre located in Viroinval, Belgium and since 2004 the centre has resided in Germany.

The expansion of the EU to accomodate the former Soviet led countries after the fall of the iron curtain has given the EU a shape more like Europe herself.

Saint Andre Le Coq