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A: Office-building Messchenveld

by Frank van Tol, 5.6 km away

A modern office building situated on the industrial-area called Messchenveld in the city of Assen, th...

Office-building Messchenveld

B: Dorpskerk Zuidlaren - Koor

by Niels Denekamp, 6.1 km away

Dorpskerk Zuidlaren - Koor

C: View from Mill Museum "De Wachter" Zuidlaren

by Ronald Pronk, 6.7 km away

‘De Wachter’ is a mill museum in northern Drenthe village of Zuidlaren, situated on the canal to the ...

View from Mill Museum "De Wachter" Zuidlaren

D: Windmill 'De Hazewind' in Gieten

by Ronald Pronk, 8.1 km away

Windmill 'De Hazewind' in Gieten

Windmill 'De Hazewind' in Gieten

E: Statue Vladimir Lenin in Assen

by Frank van Tol, 8.7 km away

A statue of Vladimir Lenin in the city of Assen, the Netherlands. This statue was placed here tempora...

Statue Vladimir Lenin in Assen

F: Museum De Buitenplaats Eelde

by Remco van Blokland, 11.7 km away

MUSEUM DE BUITENPLAATS IN EELDE Enter for a moment a surprisingly different world: that of museum "De...

Museum De Buitenplaats Eelde

G: Museum De Buitenplaats Eelde

by Remco van Blokland, 11.8 km away

MUSEUM DE BUITENPLAATS IN EELDE Enter for a moment a surprisingly different world: that of museum "De...

Museum De Buitenplaats Eelde

H: Museum De Buitenplaats Eelde augustus 2013

by Remco van Blokland, 11.8 km away

MUSEUM DE BUITENPLAATS IN EELDE Enter for a moment a surprisingly different world: that of museum "De...

Museum  De Buitenplaats Eelde augustus 2013

I: Museum De Buitenplaats Eelde

by Remco van Blokland, 11.8 km away

MUSEUM DE BUITENPLAATS IN EELDE Enter for a moment a surprisingly different world: that of museum "De...

Museum De Buitenplaats Eelde

J: Museum De Buitenplaats Eelde

by Remco van Blokland, 11.8 km away

MUSEUM DE BUITENPLAATS IN EELDE Enter for a moment a surprisingly different world: that of museum "De...

Museum De Buitenplaats Eelde

This panorama was taken in Netherlands, 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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