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Gmach PKO Bank Polski S.A.

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A: Ulica Tkacka

by Leszek Cuper, 180 meters away

Ulica Tkacka

B: Where is the star?

by Adam Ciarcinski, 210 meters away

Where is the star?

C: The Tenament House at St. Wojciech Street

by Szczecin, 230 meters away

The Tenament House at St. Wojciech Street

D: The Club of 13 Muses

by Szczecin, 240 meters away

The Club of 13 Muses

E: White Eagle At Night

by Adam Ciarcinski, 240 meters away

White Eagle At Night

F: Ulica Staromłyńska

by Leszek Cuper, 240 meters away

Ulica Staromłyńska

G: Plac Orła Białego

by Leszek Cuper, 250 meters away

Plac Orła Białego

H: John Paul II Avenue

by Szczecin, 260 meters away

John Paul II Avenue

I: Kornel Ujejski in Szczecin

by Adam Ciarcinski, 280 meters away

Kornel Ujejski in Szczecin

This panorama was taken in Poland, 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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