Forest Paths Crossing
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Forest Paths Crossing

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A: Zeiningen im Frühling

by Freiermuth Hanspeter, 730 meters away

Zeiningen im Frühling

B: Winter time in Zeiningen

by Freiermuth Hanspeter, 820 meters away

Winter time in Zeiningen

C: Ausstellung 100 Jahre VMC_ Zeiningen

by Freiermuth Hanspeter, 1.2 km away

Ausstellung 100 Jahre VMC_  Zeiningen

D: Schoolhouse Zeiningen

by Freiermuth Hanspeter, 1.3 km away

Schoolhouse Zeiningen

E: Kirche Zeiningen

by Freiermuth Hanspeter, 1.4 km away

Kirche Zeiningen

F: Kirche Zeiningen mit Pfarrhaus

by Freiermuth Hanspeter, 1.4 km away

Kirche Zeiningen mit Pfarrhaus

G: Zeiningen Church at night

by Freiermuth Hanspeter, 1.4 km away

Zeiningen Church at night

H: Art in the Forest

by Freiermuth Hanspeter, 1.5 km away

Art in the Forest

I: Winterabend

by Freiermuth Hanspeter, 1.6 km away

Winterabend

J: Blick über Zeiningen

by Freiermuth Hanspeter, 1.7 km away

Blick über Zeiningen

This panorama was taken in Switzerland, 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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