Blagoveshenskiy cathedral
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Blagoveshenskiy cathedral

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B: Pier and bridge Lopansky

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C: Sobornyj descent

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by Maxa Fedyai, 410 meters away

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F: fountain near Universytetska str.

by Mihail Rodygin, 450 meters away

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G: Fishing at river Lopan

by Taras Kushnirenko, 490 meters away

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H: Merge of the rivers Lopan and Kharkiv

by Taras Kushnirenko, 550 meters away

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I: Constitucii Sovetskaya Teveleva Nikolayevskaya square

by Taras Kushnirenko, 560 meters away

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J: Uspensky Cathedral

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This panorama was taken in Ukraine, Europe

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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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