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A: backyard stairs in the old town

by Fritz Dallenbach, 20 meters away

backyard stairs in the old town

B: Dockside Crane in Zurich

by Fritz Hanke, 30 meters away

There is an interesting culture project going on in Zurich. A lot of people photograph the dockside c...

Dockside Crane in Zurich

C: Lindenhof Sued

by Rico Riedi, 30 meters away

Lindenhof Sued

D: Dockside Crane in Zurich 4

by Fritz Hanke, 40 meters away

There is an interesting culture project going on in Zurich. A lot of people photograph the dockside c...

Dockside Crane in Zurich 4

E: Switzerland Zurich Lindenhof

by Markus Kaeppeli, 40 meters away

Switzerland Zurich Lindenhof

F: Lindenhof of Zurich

by Monika Moser Nagy, 50 meters away

One of the oldest quarters of Zürich is the Lindenhof quarter. Its center, Lindenhof is located on a ...

Lindenhof of Zurich

G: View from Lindenhof hill, Zurich, Switzerland

by Johan Offermans & Karl Overholt, 50 meters away

This panorama was taken from the top of the fortificantion on Lindenhof hill in the Lindenhof histori...

View from Lindenhof hill, Zurich, Switzerland

H: Dockside Crane in Zurich 3

by Fritz Hanke, 50 meters away

There is an interesting culture project going on in Zurich. A lot of people photograph the dockside c...

Dockside Crane in Zurich 3

I: Zürich - Brunnen am Lindenhof

by Martin Gygax, 50 meters away

Zürich - Brunnen am Lindenhof

J: Zürich - view from Lindenhof

by Martin Gygax, 60 meters away

Zürich - view from Lindenhof

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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