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A: Outskirts of Gomel Park

by Maksim Adamenko, 40 meters away

Outskirts of Gomel Park

C: Winter garden

by Maksim Adamenko, 140 meters away

Winter garden

D: Review tower

by Maksim Adamenko, 160 meters away

Review tower

E: Between lake and attractions

by Maksim Adamenko, 300 meters away

Between lake and attractions

F: The bridge through swan lake

by Maksim Adamenko, 390 meters away

The bridge through swan lake

G: Under the bridge

by Maksim Adamenko, 400 meters away

Under the bridge

H: The Gomel park

by Maksim Adamenko, 410 meters away

The Gomel park

The Gomel park

I: Shade

by Maksim Adamenko, 460 meters away

Shade

J: Flowerbed

by Maksim Adamenko, 460 meters away

Gomel

Flowerbed

This panorama was taken in Belarus, 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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