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Ghost-Town, Brest

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A: Night Street September 17

by PaVeL Bobkov, 150 meters away

Street September 17. Brest

Night Street September 17

B: Night Soviet street

by PaVeL Bobkov, 240 meters away

Night Soviet streetAround the Jewish Pharmacy

Night Soviet street

C: Street September 17

by PaVeL Bobkov, 320 meters away

Street September 17. Brest

Street September 17

D: Politics - not for shkolie!

by PaVeL Bobkov, 650 meters away

The revolutionaries of the 21 century.

Politics - not for shkolie!

E: Brest, crossroads.

by PaVeL Bobkov, 670 meters away

Brest, Intersection pr.Masherova-br.Kosmonavtov SaSa Bremor

Brest, crossroads.

F: New Year's Night

by PaVeL Bobkov, 750 meters away

New Year's night on a central tree of Brest

New Year's Night

G: Far thunder storm

by PaVeL Bobkov, 900 meters away

Far thunder storm, Brest.

Far thunder storm

H: The Brest university of a name of Pushkin

by PaVeL Bobkov, 900 meters away

Testing on Russian. The Brest university of a name of Pushkin

The Brest university of a name of Pushkin

I: The Brest court yard

by PaVeL Bobkov, 950 meters away

The Brest court yard

The Brest court yard

J: Night Courtyard

by PaVeL Bobkov, 960 meters away

Night court in Brest

Night Courtyard

This panorama was taken in Belarus, Europe

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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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