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German town new centre of EU with enlargement

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German town new centre of EU with enlargement


French mathematicians have worked out that the geographic centre of the European Union now lies in a wheat field outside a small town in Germany: Gelnhausen – population 23,000. It is near Frankfurt. The EU’s centre shifted 177 kilometres east, according to the French National Geographic Institute, with the arrival on 1 January of new members Romania and Bulgaria. The geographic centre of the euro single currency zone is much smaller than Gelnhausen; It is the French hamlet of Jeaux, in the Burgundy region.

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