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A: Gipfel Tour d'Ai

by juerg-lauper, 1.3 km away

Gipfel Tour d'Ai

B: Aigle, old towncentre

by René van Gageldonk, 5.3 km away

In Aigle, a town in Switserland that is devided in different areas, this is in front of the old churc...

Aigle, old towncentre

C: Wijngaard van het kasteel van Aigle

by René van Gageldonk, 5.4 km away

Het kasteel van Aigles is ook een wijnacademie, die vooraanstaande cursussen geeft. Het ligt in een p...

Wijngaard van het kasteel van Aigle

D: In the vineyards over Lake Geneva, near Montreux #1

by J-P. Scherrer, 7.1 km 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 #1

E: Rochers-de-Naye

by Graham Ord, 8.1 km away

Rochers de Naye, 2,042 m. altitude From Montreux, climb by cog railway to this rocky viewpoint that o...


F: Montreux

by Frank Luetgenau, 8.2 km away


G: montreux2

by Frank Luetgenau, 8.2 km away


H: View from the top of Rochers-de-Naye

by Martin Friedl, 8.2 km away

View from the top of Rochers-de-Naye

I: Chillon Castle, Switzerland

by John Nayler, 8.3 km away

The great castle on the edge of Lake Geneva was a taxation point for travelers and traders in medieva...

Chillon Castle, Switzerland

J: Salt Mines, In Bex, Switzerland

by Eric Souvaroff, 9.3 km away

Les Mines de Sel de Bex sont un vaste dédale de boyaux, de puits, d'escaliers et de salles gigantesqu...

Salt Mines, In Bex, Switzerland

This panorama was taken in Switzerland, 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.

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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