Jewish war memorial
Jewish war memorial for the 170 jews that didn't come home after WOII to Doetinchem
Pole panorama taken from the first floor of the historic windmill of Doetinchem
Panorma underneat a giant Beech with hanging bottles as a piece of art
Pole panorama of Vilaa Ruimzicht, a hotel and restaurant situated in a nice park with a large tree co...
Pole panorama of Villa Ruimzicht, a hotel and restaurant in the village of Doetinchem. Situated in a ...
View on the market of the village Wehl
Pole panorama of the historic centre of the village Wehl
View on the historic Watermill of Laag Keppel
Pole panorama of the windmill of Laag Keppel along the Oude IJssel
Pole panorama of the historic windmill of the village Zeddam placed on the highest point of this village
The oldest windmill still standing in the Netherlands. Photo's taken on May 19, 2011.
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.