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A: Kinderkrankenhaus

by Markus Lissner, 120 meters away

Kinderkrankenhaus

B: Basel Rhein

by Adam Ciarcinski, 130 meters away

Basel Rhein

C: Johanniterbrücke

by Markus Lissner, 160 meters away

Johanniterbrücke

D: basel-tattoo

by juerg-lauper, 470 meters away

basel-tattoo

E: 'Victoriahaus' in the Botanical Garden of the University of Basel, Switzerland

by Dieter Hofer, 470 meters away

The Victoriahaus was built in 1898 specifically for the giant water lily 'Victoria Regia'. It is one ...

'Victoriahaus' in the Botanical Garden of the University of Basel, Switzerland

F: Basel Botanique

by Adam Ciarcinski, 480 meters away

Basel Botanique

G: Spinello Projects at Scope Basel 2011

by Isaac Martinez, 520 meters away

Artist Typoe's work "Confetti Death" represented by the Spinello Gallery (Miami), is shown at the int...

Spinello Projects at Scope Basel 2011

H: Rainbow over the Rhein in Basel, Switzerland

by Dieter Hofer, 560 meters away

Unfortunately I wasn't fast enough to find the bucket with the gold at the end of this rainbow... I h...

Rainbow over the Rhein in Basel, Switzerland

I: Basel mittlere Rheinbrücke

by Markus Lissner, 590 meters away

Basel mittlere Rheinbrücke

J: Mittlere Bruecke and Helvetia

by Dieter Hofer, 600 meters away

Die Mittlere Brücke, meist Mittlere Rheinbrücke genannt, ist der älteste noch existierende Rheinüberg...

Mittlere Bruecke and Helvetia

This panorama was taken in 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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