Gaasperplas Amsterdam Zuidoost
Articificial lake at end of subway 51 to ....Gaasperplas. Great escape from the city. This is north side near subway. At the other side is a little beach where you can swim
Gaasperplas Lake Amsterdam Zuidoost
Brug over het Amsterdam-Rijnkanaal bij Weesp (N236) Het Amsterdam-Rijnkanaal is een kanaal in Nederla...
arena boulevard after 50.000 has passsed
Drive-in movie premiere of the hollywood blockbuster 'Prince of Persia' in the Amsterdam Arena, the h...
This double railroad bridge - between Weesp and Amsterdam - across the Amsterdam-Rijn Kanaal, a very ...
Sportvelden aan de Papelaan te Weesp - Noord Holland - NederlandEnglish:Weesp, a town in the province...
Meadows, Flowers (Barbarea vulgaris and Anthriscus sylvestris) Spring in this beautiful polder North/...
Just a couple of hundred meters from the center of The City of Weesp - in the province Noord Holland,...
Theater City of Wesopa
Weesp, a small town in the province Noord Holland in the Netherlands. The panorama shows the canal - ...
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.