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View of the Lungern lake

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A: View from Bruenig-Pass to Lungern

by Rolf Ris, 2.1 km away

View from Bruenig-Pass to Lungern

B: Teste Pura Imagem - suiça

by miguel c, 6.0 km away

Teste Pura Imagem - suiça

C: Gasthaus-Grossteil-Giswil

by Jürgen Schrader, 6.7 km away

Gasthaus-Grossteil-Giswil

D: Aareschlucht - der Stegbau

by Dieter Hofer, 8.6 km away

Die Aareschlucht ist eine Klamm bei Meiringen im Berner Oberland in der Schweiz. Sie wird von der Aar...

Aareschlucht - der Stegbau

E: Hiking up to the Brienzer Rothorn 7

by Fritz Hanke, 8.7 km away

 From a nice hike from Brienz (1857 ft) up to the Brienzer Rothorn (7362 ft). The Brienzer Rothorn co...

Hiking up to the Brienzer Rothorn 7

F: Aareschlucht bei Meiringen - Kleine Enge

by Dieter Hofer, 8.7 km away

  Die Aareschlucht ist eine Klamm bei Meiringen im Berner Oberland in der Schweiz. Sie wird von der A...

Aareschlucht bei Meiringen - Kleine Enge

G: the gorge of the river aare

by Fritz Dallenbach, 8.8 km away

the gorge of the river aare

H: Brienzer Rothorn

by Rolf Ris, 8.8 km away

Brienzer Rothorn

I: Hiking up to the Brienzer Rothorn 10

by Fritz Hanke, 8.9 km away

After hiking up to the Brienzer Rothorn, I finally took the cable car to go down to Sörenberg and fro...

Hiking up to the Brienzer Rothorn 10

J: Hiking up to the Brienzer Rothorn 9

by Fritz Hanke, 8.9 km away

From a nice hike from Brienz (1857 ft) up to the Brienzer Rothorn (7362 ft). The Brienzer Rothorn cog...

Hiking up to the Brienzer Rothorn 9

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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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