World War II Victims Memorial
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Panoramic photo by Jevgenijs Nikitins EXPERT Taken 19:04, 25/08/2009 - Views loading...

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World War II Victims Memorial

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A: 20120217 Dubrovina Park

by Valdis Salekalns, 120 meters away

20120217 Dubrovina Park

B: 20111226 Daugavpils Daugava 3

by Valdis Salekalns, 220 meters away

20111226 Daugavpils Daugava 3

C: 20120111 Daugavpils Teātris

by Valdis Salekalns, 330 meters away

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D: 20120111 Vienibas square

by Valdis Salekalns, 330 meters away

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E: 20120217 Vienibas square Snow mountain

by Valdis Salekalns, 350 meters away

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F: 20120111 Latviešu Kultūras Centrs

by Valdis Salekalns, 350 meters away

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G: 20120111 Christmas tree 2012

by Valdis Salekalns, 350 meters away

20120111 Christmas tree 2012

H: Christmas Tree on Daugavpils Vienibas Square

by Jevgenijs Nikitins, 350 meters away

Christmas Tree on Daugavpils Vienibas Square (2009 year)

Christmas Tree on Daugavpils Vienibas Square

I: 20120217 Vienibas square

by Valdis Salekalns, 360 meters away

20120217 Vienibas square

J: 20111214 Rukisu Maja 3

by Valdis Salekalns, 370 meters away

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This panorama was taken in Latvia, 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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