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Title: Cultures of Western Europe

Cultures of Western Europe
  • How have modern times changed the ways of life in
    the region?

Cultural differences among Western European cities
  • Cities are separated by only several hundred
    miles, each is in a different country.
  • Each city has a different language and culture.
  • Trains have made travel between countries easy
    and fast.

Cultural differences among Western European cities
  • Most cities are a mix of the old and the new.
  • Paris attracts scholars, writers and artists from
    all over the world.
  • London is known for grand historic buildings and
    lovely parks.
  • Madrid is known as a friendly place where people
    meet in cafes to relax after work.

Western Cities
  • Paris, France

Western Cities
  • London, England

Western Cities
  • Madrid, Spain

Western Cities
  • Berlin, Germany is always full of activity.

European cities
  • People in most Western European countries enjoy a
    similar lifestyle.
  • These countries are prosperous.
  • Prosperity is based on industry.
  • Consumer goods, steel, cars, machines, and many
    other vital products are produced there.

Prosperous cities
  • Industry has been developing in Western Europe
    since the late 1700s.
  • Many people began moving from the farms to cities
    for work.
  • Urbanization grew after WW II.
  • Today, most Western Europeans work in factories
    or in service industries such as banking and food
    service. They earn good wages and have a
    comfortable life.

Immigrants in Western Europe
  • 1800s and 1900s millions of people left Western
    Europe to live in US, Canada, and countries of
    South America.
  • They left in search of a better life.
  • Since WW II, more workers were needed in Western
    European cities.
  • Immigrants make up 6 of workers. They come from
    Eastern Europe, North Africa, South Asia, and
    Middle East.

Immigrants in Western Europe
  • Immigrants do not simply leave their cultures
    when they leave their homelands.
  • They bring their languages, religious beliefs,
    values, and customs.
  • Most immigrants make changes in their ways of
    life food, cooking, and language
  • Western European countries have become

Open Borders
  • Most European countries are small and close
  • Ideas, goods, and raw materials can travel
  • The open exchange of ideas and goods has helped
    make Western Europe prosperous.

Open Borders
  • 1950s France and Germany agreed to work together
    to help rebuild after WWII.
  • European Union
  • The historical roots of the European Union lie in
    the Second World War. The idea of European
    integration was conceived to prevent such killing
    and destruction from ever happening again. It was
    first proposed by the French Foreign Minister
    Robert Schuman in a speech on 9 May 1950. This
    date, the "birthday" of what is now the EU, is
    celebrated annually as Europe Day. 

European Union
  • The European Union (EU) is a family of democratic
    European countries, committed to working together
    for peace and prosperity. It is not a State
    intended to replace existing states, but it is
    more than any other international organization.
    The EU is, in fact, unique. Its Member States
    have set up common institutions to which they
    delegate some of their sovereignty so that
    decisions on specific matters of joint interest
    can be made democratically at European level.
    This pooling of sovereignty is also called
    "European integration". 

European Union
  • Initially, the EU consisted of just six
    countries Belgium, Germany, France, Italy,
    Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Denmark, Ireland
    and the United Kingdom joined in 1973, Greece in
    1981, Spain and Portugal in 1986, Austria,
    Finland and Sweden in 1995. In 2004 the biggest
    ever enlargement took place with 10 new countries

European Union
  • In the early years, much of the co-operation
    between EU countries was about trade and the
    economy, but now the EU also deals with many
    other subjects of direct importance for our
    everyday life, such as citizens' rights ensuring
    freedom, security and justice job creation
    regional development environmental protection
    making globalization work for everyone.

European Union
  • Unity in diversity Europe is a continent with
    many different traditions and languages, but also
    with shared values. The EU defends these values.
    It fosters co-operation among the peoples of
    Europe, promoting unity while preserving
    diversity and ensuring that decisions are taken
    as close as possible to the citizens.

European Union
  • The European Union has delivered half a century
    of stability, peace and prosperity. It has helped
    to raise living standards, built a single
    Europe-wide market, launched the single European
    currency, the euro, and strengthened Europe's
    voice in the world.

European Union
  • In the increasingly interdependent world of the
    21st century, it will be even more necessary for
    every European citizen to co-operate with people
    from other countries in a spirit of curiosity,
    tolerance and solidarity.
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