Tuesday, 2 May 2017

gadheim, gadfly oder the centre cannot hold

Though among the first to acknowledge that things fall apart and that Brexit was a step backwards for everyone, residents of a tiny Franconian farming village in the county of Würzburg are overwhelmed and excited by all the attention that their native Gadheim (DE) is getting, since once the withdrawal of Britain from the European Union is finalised, they will become the geodetic centre of the EU.  This bittersweet title was taken from a suburb sixty kilometres to the northwest called Westerngrund that captured the centre (due to the way geography of the EU) from 2013 onward when Croatia joined the now twenty-seven nation bloc. Hopefully, when Gadheim relinquishes its claim, it will be over expansion and not over another member’s departure.