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A:

di Mark Weber, 10 metri di distanza

B: Rhine waterfall in Schaffhausen

di Karel Gillissen, 10 metri di distanza

The waterfall in the river Rhine in Schaffhausen (Switzerland) is the largest waterfall in Europe.Thi...

Rhine waterfall in Schaffhausen

C: Rheinfall Viewing Platform

di Mark Weber, 10 metri di distanza

Rheinfall Viewing Platform

D:

di axelkoenig, 20 metri di distanza

E: Rhine waterfall in Schaffhausen

di Karel Gillissen, 20 metri di distanza

The waterfall in the river Rhine in Schaffhausen (Switzerland) is the largest waterfall in Europe.Thi...

Rhine waterfall in Schaffhausen

F: Rheinfall View Bottom

di Mark Weber, 20 metri di distanza

Rheinfall View Bottom

G: The Rhine Waterfall in Schaffhausen

di Michael Pop, 70 metri di distanza

The Rhine Waterfall in Schaffhausen

H: Rock in the middle of the Rhinefalls

di Michael Kessler, 90 metri di distanza

Rock in the middle of the Rhinefalls

I: RhineFalls

di Jan Fujdiar, 150 metri di distanza

Rýnské vodopády (německy Rheinfall) jsou největší vodopády v Evropě. Vodopády jsou umístěny na horním...

RhineFalls

J: The Rhine Waterfall at Schaffhausen

di Michael Pop, 160 metri di distanza

The Rhine Waterfall at Schaffhausen

Questo panorama è stato scattato in Switzerland, Europe

Questa è una vista generale di 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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