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A: Pauluskirche

by Markus Lissner, 290 meters away

Basel

Pauluskirche

B: "Waggis"at the Carnival in Basel

by Werner Getzmann, 610 meters away

This beautiful "Waggis" resting in a small street in Basel. The Basel carnival lasts 3 days and it is...

"Waggis"at the Carnival in Basel

C: "Old Aunt" at the Carnival in Basel

by Werner Getzmann, 720 meters away

These "Old aunt" plays the "Piccolo"in the streets of Basel. The Basel carnival lasts 3 days. The pic...

"Old Aunt" at the Carnival in Basel

D: Bahnhof SBB

by Markus Lissner, 720 meters away

Bahnhof SBB

E: Ticket counter area at the station in Basel

by Werner Getzmann, 730 meters away

Ticket counter area at the station in Basel. In the town carnival in a few weeks. The man in the midd...

Ticket counter area at the station in Basel

F: Basel SBB Railway Station

by Dieter Hofer, 730 meters away

The Basel Railway Station is a major border station with connecting trains to Switzerland, Germany an...

Basel SBB Railway Station

G: Basel Theaterplatz

by Markus Lissner, 740 meters away

Metallskulptur von Richard Serra

Basel Theaterplatz

H: Fahrradparken

by Markus Lissner, 750 meters away

Fahrradparken

I: Strasbourg Monument at ' Centralbahnplatz' near the SBB Train Station

by Dieter Hofer, 750 meters away

the Strasbourg Monument, created by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi (who also designed the Statue of Liber...

Strasbourg Monument at ' Centralbahnplatz' near the SBB Train Station

J: Guggekonzärt z Basel

by Werner Getzmann, 760 meters away

Guggekonzärt z Basel

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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