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A: Zimný štadión

by Marek Harman, 120 meters away

Zimný štadión

B: Banská Bystrica

by Cibula Vincent, 290 meters away

Ulica Janka Kráľa (na Huštáku), Banská Bystrica

Banská Bystrica

C: Banská Bystrica

by Cibula Vincent, 290 meters away

Námestie Slobody v Banskej Bystrici (SVK)

Banská Bystrica

D: Trieda SNP

by Marek Harman, 310 meters away

Trieda SNP

E: Kolotoče / Roundabouts

by Cibula Vincent, 400 meters away

Public Entertainment - Roundabouts. The Town Days in Banská Bystrica

Kolotoče / Roundabouts

F: Park pod hviezdami

by Marek Harman, 400 meters away

Park pod hviezdami

G: 1-may-2009-In-Banska Bystrica

by Cibula Vincent, 430 meters away

<!-- @page { margin: 2cm } P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm } --> Celebrations on 1 May 2009 in Banska...

1-may-2009-In-Banska Bystrica

H: Romanza

by Cibula Vincent, 440 meters away

Break in the circus Romanza. Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. Prestavka v cirkuse Romanza.

Romanza

This panorama was taken in Slovakia, 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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