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A: Rotterdam under bridge

by Viktor Zavrazhnov, 330 meters away

Rotterdam under bridge

B: Eikenpaviljoen Arboretum Trompenburg

by Ben Hilgers, 770 meters away

Eikenpaviljoen Arboretum Trompenburg

C: vijver Arboretum Trompenburg

by Ben Hilgers, 770 meters away

vijver Arboretum Trompenburg

D: Rotterdam Cityracing Willemsbrug II

by C360.NL - Henri Smeets, 830 meters away

A great view of the racing cars parading along the track showing the spectators their tricks. Rotterd...

Rotterdam Cityracing Willemsbrug II

E: voliere Arboretum Trompenburg

by Ben Hilgers, 830 meters away

voliere Arboretum Trompenburg

F: Rotterdam City Racing

by C360.NL - Henri Smeets, 880 meters away

Formula one cars and other fast cars racing through the city of Rotterdam during the Bavaria City Rac...

Rotterdam City Racing

G: Willemsbrug Rotterdam

by Littleplanet.nl - Roelof de Vries, 890 meters away

This panorama shows the Willemsbrug in Rotterdam, The Netherlands during Sunset.

Willemsbrug Rotterdam

H: View on the Hef bridge, Koningshaven, Rotterdam

by Willem Schulte, 900 meters away

View on the Hef taken from the Koninginnebrug crossing the Koningshaven connecting Noordereiland with...

View on the Hef bridge, Koningshaven, Rotterdam

I: Remembering the bombing of Rotterdam

by Littleplanet.nl - Roelof de Vries, 1.0 km away

The Rotterdam Blitz refers to the aerial bombardment of Rotterdam by the German Air Force on 14 May 1...

Remembering the bombing of Rotterdam

J: Koningshaven, Rotterdam, Holland

by Willem Schulte, 1.1 km away

View on the Koningshaven in Rotterdam from the Stieltjesstraat. There are 4 bridges in the panorama. ...

Koningshaven, Rotterdam, Holland

This panorama was taken in Rotterdam, 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. 

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