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Nearby images in Utrecht


A: Dom square Utrecht

by Caspar Vedral, 30 meters away

Panorama op het Domplein in Utrecht. De Domtoren is met 112 meter de hoogste toren van Nederland. Van...

Dom square Utrecht

B: Utrecht - Pandhof / Kloostertuin

by Marco den Herder, 50 meters away

Utrecht - Pandhof / Kloostertuin

C: Pandhof of the Dom church

by Anton van Tetering, 50 meters away

Pandhof of the Dom church

D: Domplein, Utrecht

by Nick Gordon, 60 meters away

Domplein, Utrecht

E: Dom square snow covered

by Anton van Tetering, 60 meters away

Dom square snow covered

F: Dom Tower Utrecht the Netherlands

by Anton van Tetering, 70 meters away

View from the top of the 112 m high Dom tower in the centre of Utrecht. The Dom Tower was built betwe...

Dom Tower Utrecht the Netherlands

G: Summer Garden Utrecht

by Hans Zijlstra, 70 meters away

The garden of best friends at Utrecht (The Netherlands), early morning August

Summer Garden Utrecht

H: Utrecht - Domtoren

by Marco den Herder, 100 meters away

Utrecht - Domtoren

I: Maartensbrug and Dom tower

by Anton van Tetering, 110 meters away

Maartensbrug and Dom tower

J: Dom tower by night

by Anton van Tetering, 120 meters away

Dom tower by night

This panorama was taken in Utrecht, Europe

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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.

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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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