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A: Chernovtsy Theater Square

by Igor Kristov, 20 meters away

Theater Square in Chernovtsy, Ukraine.

Chernovtsy Theater Square

B: Chernovtsy Theater Square

by Igor Kristov, 100 meters away

Theater Square in Chernovtsy, Ukraine.

Chernovtsy Theater Square

C: Chernovtsy Central Square

by Kostya Dmitriev, 310 meters away

Chernovtsy Central Square is based on the place of the former city market. The main architectural bui...

Chernovtsy Central Square

E: Kobylyanskaya str., Chernovtsy

by Kostya Dmitriev, 470 meters away

Kobylyanskaya footpath street is one of the main central streets. It starts at Central Square and has...

Kobylyanskaya str., Chernovtsy

F: Chernovtsy 600 Years Monument

by Kostya Dmitriev, 490 meters away

The monument was made by famous russian sculptor Surab Zereteli and presented by ukrainian deputy and...

Chernovtsy 600 Years Monument

G: Chernovtsy University

by Igor Kristov, 690 meters away

The Chernivtsi University (current full name Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University) is the l...

Chernovtsy University

H: Chernovtsy University

by Igor Kristov, 760 meters away

Front yard of the Chernovtsy University.

Chernovtsy University

I: Детская площадка

by Denis Tolochenko, 2.2 km away

Детская площадка

J: Городской лицей №4

by Denis Tolochenko, 3.0 km away

Бывшая школа №18

Городской лицей №4

This panorama was taken in Ukraine, 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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