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Warsaw Palace of Culture and Science by night

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A: Near Palace of Culture and Science - in the center of Warsaw

od Mateusz Włodarczyk, 50 meters away

The Palace of Culture and Science (Polish: Pałac Kultury i Nauki, also abbreviated PKiN) in Warsaw is...

Near Palace of Culture and Science - in the center of Warsaw

C: Warsaw Hard Rock Cafe by night

od Jarek Ciszek, 60 meters away

Warsaw Hard Rock Cafe by night

D: Near Palace of Culture and Science

od Marcin Klaban, 80 meters away

Source: wikipedia.org The Palace of Culture and Science (Polish: Pałac Kultury i Nauki, also abbrevia...

Near Palace of Culture and Science

E: Warsaw Palace of Culture and Science

od Jarek Ciszek, 130 meters away

Warsaw Palace of Culture and Science

F: Bus stop near Palace of Culture and Science

od Marcin Klaban, 130 meters away

Bus stop near Palace of Culture and Science

G: Near Central Railway station

od Marcin Klaban, 140 meters away

Near Central Railway station

H: Warsaw Palace of Culture and Science gardens

od Jarek Ciszek, 140 meters away

Warsaw Palace of Culture and Science gardens

I: North Gallery at the Central Station

od Mateusz Włodarczyk, 170 meters away

new North Gallery at the Warsaw Central Station - August 2011 Warsaw Centralna (Polish: Warszawa Cent...

North Gallery at the Central Station

This panorama was taken in Warsaw, Europe

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Europe is generally agreed to be the birthplace of western culture, including such legendary innovations as the democratic nation-state, football and tomato sauce.

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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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