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A: Frisco Spot the Spot 2013 Thialf

by Studio Mambeau - Martijn Baudoin, 820 meters away

Frisco Spot the Spot 2013 Thialf

Frisco Spot the Spot 2013 Thialf

B: Drukenzodigitaaldrukken

by Studio Mambeau - Martijn Baudoin, 820 meters away

Drukenzodigitaaldrukken

C: Drukenzokantoor

by Studio Mambeau - Martijn Baudoin, 820 meters away

Drukenzokantoor

D: Drukenzo

by Studio Mambeau - Martijn Baudoin, 820 meters away

Drukenzo

E: Drukkerijgelderland

by Studio Mambeau - Martijn Baudoin, 840 meters away

Drukkerijgelderland

F: Fotostudio Alain Baars

by Studio Mambeau - Martijn Baudoin, 920 meters away

Fotostudio Alain Baars

G: Interior Bentley Brooklands

by Studio Mambeau - Martijn Baudoin, 960 meters away

Interior Bentley Brooklands at the first national rolls royce and bentley museum in Arnhem

Interior Bentley Brooklands

H: Classic Rolls Royce Interior

by Studio Mambeau - Martijn Baudoin, 960 meters away

Classic Rolls Royce Interior at the first national rolls royce and bentley museum, arnhem

Classic Rolls Royce Interior

I: Escher school entrance

by Studio Mambeau - Martijn Baudoin, 1.0 km away

Escher school entrance

J: Escher stairway

by Studio Mambeau - Martijn Baudoin, 1.0 km away

This is the stairway escher was inspired bij on his famoes drawings. He went to this school in arnhem...

Escher stairway

This panorama was taken in Netherlands, 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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