The recently finished 'Damsterplein' square in the city of Groningen, the Netherlands. Underneath the surface of this square a two story deep parking garage is situated, which is connected to the new white office building in the far distance.
De Brink, Groningen
Bonte Brug, Groningen
The Bonte Brug is a bridge that crosses the Oude Winschoterdiep. It was in use for ongoing traffic, b...
The Sint-Jozefcathedral is the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Groningen-Leeuwarden since ...
View from the top floor of a car park (called Naberpassage) in the city center of Groningen. The tall...
The Eemskanaal Noordzijde is a street along the Eemskanaal canal with typical old Dutch houses. Acros...
The main entrance of the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) which is affiliated with the Univ...
The Stadsschouwburg is the city theatre of the city of Groningen. It is the most important theatre of...
Martinikerkhof, Groningen, Nederland
Grote Markt, Groningen
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.