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The Town Hall Square Fountain in Leicester is one of the best-loved sights in the City
Gallowtree Gate is one of Leicester's main shopping streets. It is a pedestrianised street, running f...
Leicester's famous indoor market includes the renowned fish market
Taken on a very fine day in Leicester on Horse Fair Street.
Leicester market is the largest covered market in Europe
A few trendy bars at night and a few funky shops by day.
The crossroads at the bottom of Wellington street.
The front of Leicester Market, is a pred
St.Martins Square is Leicester's most unique and fashionable shopping centre, located conveniently in...
Towering above in all directions are the Leicester council office
Humberstone Gate is one of the major streets in Leicester City Centre, running Eastwards from the Clo...
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.