St.Galler Festspiele 2008
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St.Galler Festspiele 2008

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A: Attendance at St.Laurenzen curch before christmas

by Bernhard Ehrminger, 120 meters away

Attendance at St.Laurenzen curch before christmas

B: View over St.Gallen from St.Laurenzen

by Bernhard Ehrminger, 130 meters away

View over St.Gallen from St.Laurenzen

C: 100 views of Bastropolis

by Bernhard Ehrminger, 150 meters away

100 views of Bastropolis

D: Pit lane Gallusplatz Heldenrennen

by Bernhard Ehrminger, 170 meters away

Pit lane Gallusplatz Heldenrennen

E: the veloflicki cyclery at rest

by Bernhard Ehrminger, 350 meters away

the veloflicki cyclery at rest

F: Demolition Site Wassergasse

by Bernhard Ehrminger, 360 meters away

Foto documentation of the very last hours of two presumably pre-1900 houses in down town St.Gallen. T...

Demolition Site Wassergasse

G: the St.Katharinen Convent

by Bernhard Ehrminger, 410 meters away

the St.Katharinen Convent

H: the frozen Drei Weihern lakes with full moon

by Bernhard Ehrminger, 540 meters away

the frozen Drei Weihern lakes with full moon

I: Station concourse St.Gallen SBB, The Swiss Railway

by Bernhard Ehrminger, 590 meters away

The multirow photo shows the single platform hall of the main station St. Gallen.  The building is pr...

Station concourse St.Gallen SBB, The Swiss Railway

J: Waiting for the Train to Appenzell in St.Gall

by Fritz Hanke, 690 meters away

We made an excursion into the Canton Appenzell Innerrhoden. First we took the train from Zürich to St...

Waiting for the Train to Appenzell in St.Gall

This panorama was taken in Switzerland, Europe

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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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