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a charming and welcoming church

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A: Saint Mary Elms

by Valentin Arfire, less than 10 meters away

Saint Mary Elms

B: Saint Mary Church Elm Street Ipswich

by Valentin Arfire, 20 meters away

Saint Mary Church Elm Street Ipswich

C: the churchyard

by Valentin Arfire, 20 meters away

near one of the oldest buildings is the churchyard

the churchyard

D: Elm street Ipswich

by Valentin Arfire, 50 meters away

Elm street Ipswich

E: museum_street_ipswich

by Valentin Arfire, 60 meters away

museum_street_ipswich

F: council suffolk

by Valentin Arfire, 100 meters away

council suffolk

G: Arcade street in the rain

by Valentin Arfire, 120 meters away

arcade street ipswich suffolk

Arcade street in the rain

H: Willis building in the rain

by Valentin Arfire, 140 meters away

Willis building in the rain

I: Solstice-2012 Ipswich town hall

by Valentin Arfire, 140 meters away

As the end of the world hasn't come, neither a dramatic change of behaviour of the humans, I took a p...

Solstice-2012 Ipswich town hall

J: team building at countryside

by Valentin Arfire, 140 meters away

team building at countryside beautiful property

team building at countryside

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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