Ranserfest 2009, Blueshoesband
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Ranserfest 2009, Blueshoesband

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Nearby images in Switzerland


A: Ranserfest 2009

by Marc Gruber, 20 meters away

Ranserfest 2009

B: Slowup 2009

by Marc Gruber, 30 meters away

slowUp - der autofreie Erlebnistag von SchweizMobil Das slowUp-Rezept ist so einfach wie überzeugend:...

Slowup 2009

C: Bad Rans Abbruch

by Marc Gruber, 400 meters away

Bad Rans Abbruch

D: Bad Rans Abbruch

by Marc Gruber, 410 meters away

Bad Rans Abbruch

E: Altes Bad Rans

by Marc Gruber, 420 meters away

Altes Bad Rans

F: Altes Bad Rans Restaurant

by Marc Gruber, 420 meters away

Altes Bad Rans Restaurant

G: happy goats

by Marc Gruber, 430 meters away


happy goats

H: Kuebelregatta 2009

by Marc Gruber, 2.6 km away

Kuebelregatta 2009

I: Vaduz Spielplatz Karussell

by Marc Gruber, 2.8 km away

Vaduz Spielplatz Karussell

J: Vaduz Spielplatz Sandkasten

by Marc Gruber, 2.8 km away

Vaduz Spielplatz Sandkasten

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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