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Pausenraum AXIS Roadshow

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A: Zurich: Oerliker Park

by Christoph Philipp, 1.4 km away

 View in the Oerliker Park in the middle of Zürich. You can relax between the trees. You can climb th...

Zurich: Oerliker Park

B: View from the oerliker park tower

by Christoph Philipp, 1.5 km away

View from the Oerliker Park tower in the middle of Zürich. You can climb that tower (for free), which...

View from the oerliker park tower

C: MFO-Park, Oerlikon, Switzerland

by Christoph Philipp, 1.5 km away

Nice Garden in Zurich Oerlikon. Taken at one of the first warm days in 2013: March 22.

MFO-Park, Oerlikon, Switzerland

D: MFO-Park Oerlikon Switzerland

by Christoph Philipp, 1.5 km away

Nice Garden in Zurich Oerlikon. Taken at one of the first warm days in 2013: March 22. Take a look fo...

MFO-Park Oerlikon Switzerland

E: The Irchel University of Zurich at Night

by Fritz Dallenbach, 2.7 km away

The Irchel University of Zurich at Night

F: Pond in Zurich Irchel Park

by Fritz Dallenbach, 2.8 km away

Pond in Zurich Irchel Park

G: Strickhof Garden

by Fritz Dallenbach, 2.9 km away

Strickhof Garden

H: Viewpoint over Zürich near Strickhof

by Fritz Dallenbach, 3.1 km away

This panorama shows a view form above the point Strickhof in Zurich Switzerland. The wether was sunny...

Viewpoint over Zürich near Strickhof

I: Zurich Mountain, Forest House

by Fritz Dallenbach, 3.2 km away

Zurich Mountain, Forest House

J: Garden im "Sächsi"

by Fritz Dallenbach, 3.5 km away

Garden im "Sächsi"

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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