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A: Winter park

by Denny A. Ovchar, 130 meters away

Winter park

B: Entrance to park of Shevchenko

by Denny A. Ovchar, 160 meters away

Entrance to park of Shevchenko

C: Monument to T.Shevchenko in Ivano-Frankivsk

by Denny A. Ovchar, 160 meters away

Monument to T.Shevchenko in Ivano-Frankivsk

D: Cental alley in city park

by Denny A. Ovchar, 200 meters away

Cental alley in city park

E: City park named after Shevchenko

by Denny A. Ovchar, 240 meters away

City park named after Shevchenko

F: Lake with swans in the park

by Denny A. Ovchar, 270 meters away

Lake with swans in the park

G: Villas under lindens

by Denny A. Ovchar, 280 meters away

Villas under lindens

H: Frozen lake in park

by Denny A. Ovchar, 290 meters away

Frozen lake in park

I: Winter park of Shevchenko. Central alley

by Denny A. Ovchar, 350 meters away

Winter park of Shevchenko. Central alley

J: Citie's day holiday

by Denny A. Ovchar, 410 meters away

Citie's day holiday

This panorama was taken in Ukraine, 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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