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On Barfüsser place in Basel you can now enjoy the sun

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On Barfüsser place in Basel you can now enjoy the sun

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Bilder in der Nähe von Schweiz

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A: Guggekonzärt z Basel

von Werner Getzmann, 110 Meter entfernt

Guggekonzärt z Basel

B: Basel Theaterplatz

von Markus Lissner, 160 Meter entfernt

Metallskulptur von Richard Serra

Basel Theaterplatz

C: Theatre Square, Basel

von Dieter Hofer, 180 Meter entfernt

Theatre Square, Basel

D: Latärneuusstellig uf em Münsterplatz

von Werner Getzmann, 200 Meter entfernt

Latärneuusstellig uf em Münsterplatz

E: Turmspitze des Basler Muensters

von Peter M, 220 Meter entfernt

Turmspitze des Basler Muensters

F: Turmspitze des Basler Muensters

von Dieter Hofer, 220 Meter entfernt

Turmspitze des Basler Muensters

G: Münsterplatz

von Markus Lissner, 220 Meter entfernt

Münsterplatz

H: St. Elisabethen Kirche

von Markus Lissner, 220 Meter entfernt

St. Elisabethen Kirche

I: "Waggis"at the Carnival in Basel

von Werner Getzmann, 240 Meter entfernt

This beautiful "Waggis" resting in a small street in Basel. The Basel carnival lasts 3 days and it is...

"Waggis"at the Carnival in Basel

J: Basel Muensterplatz Pisonibrunnen

von Felix Hagemann, 240 Meter entfernt

The Pisonifountain was built in 1784. It is located on the Münsterplatz (Muenster Square) which featu...

Basel Muensterplatz Pisonibrunnen

Das Panorama wurde in Schweiz, Europe aufgenommen

Dies ist ein Überblick von Europe

Europe is generally agreed to be the birthplace of western culture, including such legendary innovations as the democratic nation-state, football and tomato sauce.

The word Europe comes from the Greek goddess Europa, who was kidnapped by Zeus and plunked down on the island of Crete. Europa gradually changed from referring to mainland Greece until it extended finally to include Norway and Russia.

Don't be confused that Europe is called a continent without looking like an island, the way the other continents do. It's okay. The Ural mountains have steadily been there to divide Europe from Asia for the last 250 million years. Russia technically inhabits "Eurasia".

Europe is presently uniting into one political and economic zone with a common currency called the Euro. The European Union originated in 1993 and is now composed of 27 member states. Its headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium.

Do not confuse the EU with the Council of Europe, which has 47 member states and dates to 1949. These two bodies share the same flag, national anthem, and mission of integrating Europe. The headquarters of the Council are located in Strasbourg, France, and it is most famous for its European Court of Human Rights.

In spite of these two bodies, there is still no single Constitution or set of laws applying to all the countries of Europe. Debate rages over the role of the EU in regards to national sovereignty. As of January 2009, the Lisbon Treaty is the closest thing to a European Constitution, yet it has not been approved by all the EU states. 

Text by Steve Smith.

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