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A: Chexbres

by Philippe Bonzon, 430 meters away

Chexbres

B: Chexbres

by Philippe Bonzon, 460 meters away

Panorama fait dans le village de Chexbres, situé au coeur du Lavaux, site inscrit au patrimoine mondi...

Chexbres

C: Lavaux

by Philippe Bonzon, 500 meters away

Lavaux

D: Vue sur le Lac Leman

by Philippe Bonzon, 640 meters away

Vue sur le Lac Leman

E: Chexbres

by Philippe Bonzon, 650 meters away

Chexbres

F: In the vineyards over Lake Geneva, near Montreux #2

by J-P. Scherrer, 830 meters away

This is a view of Lake Geneva, from the vineyards, near Montreux, with the french Alps in the backgro...

In the vineyards over Lake Geneva, near Montreux #2

G: Dame Claire wine maker on time off

by John Nayler, 5.5 km away

Dame Claire wine maker on time off

Dame Claire wine maker on time off

H: Dame Claire wine tasting near Lausanne, Switzerland

by John Nayler, 5.5 km away

Dame Claire wine tasting near Lausanne, Switzerland

Dame Claire wine tasting near Lausanne, Switzerland

I: Vevey

by Jerzy Pajor, 6.2 km away

Vevey

J: Vevey1

by Jerzy Pajor, 6.2 km away

Vevey1

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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