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Donostia

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Donostia (St. Sebastian) is one of the most important cities in the Basque Country. Besides the beach and its beautiful streets it is well known for the quality of its restaurants.

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Nearby images in Northern Spain

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A:

by Martin Duckitt, 50 meters away

B: San Sebastian - Constitution Square

by Carsten Arenz, 60 meters away

The constitution square lies in the middle of the old town of San Sebastian. Like most other places i...

San Sebastian - Constitution Square

C: San Vicente

by mikelmgm, 90 meters away

San Vicente

D: Img 288899

by josu barandiaran, 90 meters away

Img 288899

E: Plaza Sarriegui

by mikelmgm, 100 meters away

Plaza Sarriegui

F: San Sebastian - Alley Crossing in the Old Town

by Carsten Arenz, 110 meters away

Along the alleys one bar, café and restaurant is right next to the other. Get in, have a drink or tas...

San Sebastian - Alley Crossing in the Old Town

G: Sarriegui

by mikelmgm, 120 meters away

Sarriegui

H: Mercado La Bretxa

by mikelmgm, 130 meters away

Mercado La Bretxa

I: Img 287384

by josu barandiaran, 130 meters away

Img 287384

J: Plaza De La Trinidad

by mikelmgm, 170 meters away

Plaza De La Trinidad

This panorama was taken in Northern Spain, 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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