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Christ Church college, Oxford

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Founded in 1524 Christ Church College is one of the 38 colleges in Oxford. 45 of the British prime ministers came from there. The Great Hall of the college has recently been featured in Harry Potter as Hogwarts.

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A: Gates to Christ Church college, Oxford

by Bernd Kronmueller, 180 meters away

One of the largest colleges today in Oxford it was founded in 1524. It had quite a few famouse studen...

Gates to Christ Church college, Oxford

B: Aston Martin DB5

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C: Oxford - town hall

by Bernd Kronmueller, 320 meters away

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D: Christ Church meadows, Oxford

by Bernd Kronmueller, 380 meters away

Many of the Oxford colleges have their own gardens but Christ Church has its own Rugby and Cricket pi...

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E: Oxford Covered Market

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F: Radcliffe Camera at Dusk

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G: Radcliffe square, Oxford

by Bernd Kronmueller, 490 meters away

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H: Divinity school of the Bodleian library

by Bernd Kronmueller, 520 meters away

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I: Schools Quadrangle & Tower of the Five Orders, Bodleian Library

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J: Bodleian library, Oxford

by Bernd Kronmueller, 530 meters away

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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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