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Wiese beim Arboretum

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A: Courtyard view

by Fritz Dallenbach, 80 meters away

Courtyard view

B: Park Arboretum

by Fritz Dallenbach, 110 meters away

the park arboretum close to the lake of zürich.

Park Arboretum

C: Tessinerplatz in Zürich

by Fritz Dallenbach, 380 meters away

Tessinerplatz in Zürich

D: Switzerland Zurich Enge Tessinerplatz Fountain

by Markus Kaeppeli, 380 meters away

Switzerland Zurich Enge Tessinerplatz Fountain

E: Switzerland Zurich Tessinerplatz Bucket Subodh Gupta

by Markus Kaeppeli, 390 meters away

This bucket by Subodh Gupta is more than 5m high. It is part of the Festival Art and the City which t...

Switzerland Zurich Tessinerplatz Bucket Subodh Gupta

F: Switzerland Zurich Bahnhof Enge

by Markus Kaeppeli, 420 meters away

Switzerland Zurich Bahnhof Enge

G: Zurich Enge station

by Jeffrey Martin, 430 meters away

Zurich Enge station

H: Switzerland Zurich Buerkliplatz Clock

by Markus Kaeppeli, 490 meters away

At the Buerkliplatz, at the end of Lake Zurich you can find a large clock made of flowers just beside...

Switzerland Zurich Buerkliplatz Clock

I: Switzerland Zurich Buerkliplatz Ganymed

by Markus Kaeppeli, 540 meters away

In the center of the Buerkliplatz a statue of Ganymed is placed. Zeus is disguised as an eagle and wi...

Switzerland Zurich Buerkliplatz Ganymed

J: Restaurant Belvoirpark

by Fritz Dallenbach, 550 meters away

Restaurant Belvoirpark

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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