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A: Zamek Ujazdowski

by Marcin Klaban, 70 meters away

Source: Ujazdów Castle (Polish: Zamek Ujazdowski) is a castle in the historic Ujazdów d...

Zamek Ujazdowski


by Marcin Klaban, 80 meters away

C: Warsaw Trasa Lazienkowska

by Marcin Klaban, 90 meters away

Warsaw Trasa Lazienkowska


by cwir, 90 meters away

E: Ujazdowski Castle

by Marcin Klaban, 150 meters away

Ujazdowski Castle

F: Zamek Ujazdowski Qchnia Artystyczna

by Marcin Klaban, 160 meters away

Source: Ujazdów Castle (Polish: Zamek Ujazdowski) is a castle in the historic Ujazdów d...

Zamek Ujazdowski Qchnia Artystyczna

G: Warsaw University - Botanic Garden

by Michał Rudewicz, 210 meters away

Warsaw University - Botanic Garden

H: Park Ujazdowski

by Michał Rudewicz, 220 meters away

Park Ujazdowski


by Marcin Klaban, 240 meters away

Source: The Royal Route (Polish: Trakt Królewski) in Warsaw, Poland, is a former presti...

J: Park Ujazdowski in Warsaw

by Michał Rudewicz, 300 meters away

Park Ujazdowski in Warsaw

This panorama was taken in Warsaw, Europe

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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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