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Democracy in action

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Bij verkiezingen in Teylingen (vroeger Warmond) vaart er altijd een stemlokaal naar de overkant van de Kagerplassen om de circa 150 Lage Landers in de gelegenheid te stellen hun stem uit te brengen. Zo ook bij de gemeenteraadsverkiezingen op 3 maart 2010.

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B: Starting Tower Kaag Society Warmond

by Henk Keijzer, 1.2 km away

Starting Tower near the Kaag Societeit of the Royal Water Sports Society De Kaag.

Starting Tower Kaag Society Warmond

D: Holland is really very flat

by Henk Keijzer, 1.7 km away

Holland is really very flat

Holland is really very flat

E: Manifestatie Broek en Simontjespolder 06 juni 2010

by Henk Keijzer, 1.9 km away

Manifestatie Broek en Simontjespolder 06 juni 2010 Zie www.stopjachthaven.nl  

Manifestatie Broek en Simontjespolder 06 juni 2010

F: Swans in front of windmill Zijlaanmolen

by Jan Mulder, 2.1 km away

Swans in front of a windmill. Photo's taken on January 14, 2012.

Swans in front of windmill Zijlaanmolen

G: Opening of the aquatic sports season by the Genootschap Jeneverboom

by Henk Keijzer, 2.2 km away

Opening of the aquatic sports season by the Genootschap Jeneverboom (Did you notice the absence of je...

Opening of the aquatic sports season by the Genootschap Jeneverboom

H: Lock of the Zwanburger Polder

by Henk Keijzer, 2.4 km away

The small hand operated lock of the Zwanburger Polder

Lock of the Zwanburger Polder

I: Start of the traditional BM regatta at the Schippertjesdagen 2006, Warmond

by Henk Keijzer, 2.4 km away

Start of the traditional BM regatta at the Schippertjesdagen 2006, Warmond

Start of the traditional BM regatta at the Schippertjesdagen 2006, Warmond

J: Zwanburgermolen, Warmond

by Henk Keijzer, 2.4 km away

The Zwanburgermolen is the windmill taking care of the water level of the Zwanburger Polder.

Zwanburgermolen, Warmond

This panorama was taken in Netherlands, Europe

This is an overview of 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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