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Autumn

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A: Autumn

by Martijn Oorthuis, 80 meters away

Autumn

B: Scyedamvaert - Lange Haven Schiedam

by Martijn Oorthuis, 700 meters away

Scyedamvaert - Lange Haven Schiedam

C: Schiedam Lange Haven

by Willem Schulte, 710 meters away

Schiedam Lange Haven

D: Brandersfeesten Schiedam, Lange Haven 1

by Martijn Oorthuis, 720 meters away

Brandersfeesten Schiedam, Lange Haven 1

E: Scyedamvaert - Appelmarktbrug Schiedam

by Martijn Oorthuis, 730 meters away

Scyedamvaert - Appelmarktbrug Schiedam

F: Brandersfeesten Schiedam, Appelmarkt

by Martijn Oorthuis, 740 meters away

Brandersfeesten Schiedam, Appelmarkt

G: Brandersfeesten Schiedam, Lange Haven 2

by Martijn Oorthuis, 750 meters away

Brandersfeesten Schiedam, Lange Haven 2

H: Brandersfeesten Schiedam - Lange Haven 3

by Martijn Oorthuis, 790 meters away

Brandersfeesten Schiedam - Lange Haven 3

I: Scyedamvaert - Korte Haven 2 Schiedam

by Martijn Oorthuis, 850 meters away

Scyedamvaert - Korte Haven 2 Schiedam

J: Schiedam Korte haven firefight boat

by Willem Schulte, 870 meters away

Schiedam Korte haven firefight boat

This panorama was taken in Rotterdam, 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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