Pole panorama of the church of the village Groessen in the community of Duiven with an Tulip tree in autumn colors
High view on the pretty garden of the apartment building for aging and needing people "the Pelgromhof...
View of the Masiusplein from inside a structure indicating here used to be a tower of the castle Seve...
Pole panorama of the church of Zevenaar seen from the side of the Markt on a sunny day at the end of ...
Pole panorama of the Markt in the village Zevenaar. On sunday all shops are closed and only the terra...
Pole panorama of the Wittenbrugstraat in the village Zevenaar. This street curves around the church o...
View on the historic street Wittenburgstraat in the city of Zevenaar
Ruins of a builing in nature reserve the Loowaard where the land is given back to the nature. This na...
Groyne in the river Nederrijn on the side of the Loowaard
Cafe - Restaurant - Zalencentrum de Kroon en Restaurant Vlees en Vis zijn al jaren een begrip in de L...
Pole panorama of the church of the village Aerdt, part of the community of Rijnwaarden
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.