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Nearby images in England


A: Newcastle Gateshead Quayside

by Ian Britton, 530 meters away

Newcastle Gateshead Quayside

Newcastle Gateshead Quayside

B: Newcastle

by Paul Keating, 540 meters away

Newcastle upon Tyne from the Quayside, including the Tyne Bridge, Gateshead Milennium Bridge, The Sag...


C: Gateshead Quayside

by Ian Britton, 570 meters away

Gateshead Quayside

Gateshead Quayside

D: Gateshead

by Paul Keating, 570 meters away

Gateshead is fast becoming one of the biggest cultural quarters in the country capturing the imaginat...


E: The Sage Gateshead

by Ian Britton, 670 meters away

Exterior view of The Sage Gateshead

The Sage Gateshead

F: The Sage Gateshead

by Paul Keating, 680 meters away

The Sage Gateshead sits on of the River Tyne, which runs between Newcastle and Gateshead. The iconic ...

The Sage Gateshead

G: The Sage

by Paul Keating, 690 meters away

The Sage Gateshead is a modern £70 million performing arts centre, opened to the public on the 17th o...

The Sage

H: Gateshead 360 tour

by Paul Keating, 720 meters away

The Sage Gateshead provides world-class facilities for acoustic music on a prime riverside location o...

Gateshead 360 tour

I: Newcastle Quayside

by Paul Keating, 740 meters away

The Quayside of Newcastle upon Tyne seen at dusk from the Gateshead Millennium Bridge. Offering great...

Newcastle Quayside

J: Millennium Bridge

by Paul Keating, 740 meters away

Gateshead Millennium Bridge is the world's first and only tilting bridge. Designed by Wilkinson Eyre ...

Millennium Bridge

This panorama was taken in England, 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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