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Strasbourg Monument at ' Centralbahnplatz' near the SBB Train Station

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the Strasbourg Monument, created by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi (who also designed the Statue of Liberty in N.Y.) was erected in 1895 in memory of the French - German war (1870-71).

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di Dieter Hofer, 40 metri di distanza

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B: Basel SBB Railway Station

di Dieter Hofer, 110 metri di distanza

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C: Fahrradparken

di Markus Lissner, 140 metri di distanza

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D: Ticket counter area at the station in Basel

di Werner Getzmann, 160 metri di distanza

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Ticket counter area at the station in Basel

E: Bahnhof SBB

di Markus Lissner, 160 metri di distanza

Bahnhof SBB

F: Elisabethenkirche

di Luis Marques, 380 metri di distanza

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G: Elisabethenkirche - Interior

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Elisabethenkirche - Interior

H: Elisabethenkirche

di Markus Lissner, 430 metri di distanza

Elisabethenkirche

I: Peter Merian haus

di Markus Lissner, 470 metri di distanza

Peter Merian haus

J: "Waggis"at the Carnival in Basel

di Werner Getzmann, 480 metri di distanza

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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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