Reckingen Village View
The church of reckingen in switzerland is a very nice old church, built in 18th century.
This panorama has been taken in the verry old and small village of reckingen, in the center of the al...
This valley in the heart of the Alps in Switzerland is very steep. The views of the surrounding mount...
The Oberaar glacier is one of the sources of the river Aare which later flows through Berne. It is a ...
The Oberaar dam is one of the four major dams of the Grimsel electric power complex. The lake however...
Grimselsee or Lake Grimsel is an artificial lake near Grimsel pass in the Canton of Berne, Switzerlan...
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.