Pole panorama of the Sint-Vitus Church in Hoch-Elten
View on the Sint-Vitus Church in the place Hoch-Elten in Germany. The church is destroyed and rebuilt 5 times and is placed on top of the Eltenberg. Panorama van de St. Vituskerk in Hoog-Elten op het topje van de Eltenberg.
Pole panorama of the windmill of Elten in early spring
Pole panorama of a small church in the village Elten
Zandverstuiving in het Bergher bos ter hoogte van Stokkum in het vroege voorjaar;
Pole panorama of the church of the village Stokkum in the municipal Montferland
Pole panorama of the garden of the restaurant of Bergh Castle. This Castle is completely restored and...
Pole panorama of the Castle of Bergh with the restaurant visible. This castle is completely restored ...
Entrance of Bergh Castle with two gates on both sides of the water. On one side you can see the Bergh...
View on the entrance of Bergh Castle located in the village 's-Heerenberg. After the first gate there...
Pole panorama of the Europakade on the place where the river Rhine enters the Netherlands. Recently t...
Flowering Wood anemones on forest ground during early spring at forest de Byvanck, which is part of M...
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.