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Granvianoche

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A: Gran Via02

by luis davilla, less than 10 meters away

Gran Via02

B: Gran Via06

by luis davilla, less than 10 meters away

Gran Via06

C: Gran Via11

by luis davilla, less than 10 meters away

Gran Via11

D: Gran Via04

by luis davilla, 10 meters away

Gran Via04

E: Gran Via10

by luis davilla, 20 meters away

Gran Via10

F: gran via. madrid

by luis davilla, 20 meters away

gran via. madrid

G: Callao Madrid

by Vladislav Moskvin, 30 meters away

Callao Madrid

H: Panorámica de 360º de Madrid desde el Palacio de la Prensa

by Juan Luis Redajo, 30 meters away

Panorámica de 360º de Madrid desde el Palacio de la Prensa

Panorámica de 360º de Madrid desde el Palacio de la Prensa

I: Callao

by Armin Leuprecht, 40 meters away

Callao

J: madrid callao square and gran via in christmas

by luis davilla, 40 meters away

madrid callao square and gran via in christmas

madrid callao square and gran via in christmas

This panorama was taken in Madrid, 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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