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Nearby images in Northern Spain

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A: San Vicente

by mikelmgm, less than 10 meters away

San Vicente

B: I San Vicente Color

by mikelmgm, 10 meters away

I San Vicente Color

C: Img 287384

by josu barandiaran, 40 meters away

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D: Donostia

by josu barandiaran, 90 meters away

Donostia (St. Sebastian) is one of the most important cities in the Basque Country. Besides the beach...

Donostia

E: Ptgui 9894 Panorama Panorama Panorama

by Beñat Maiz, 100 meters away

Ptgui 9894 Panorama Panorama Panorama

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by Martin Duckitt, 100 meters away

G: San Sebastian - Constitution Square

by Carsten Arenz, 100 meters away

The constitution square lies in the middle of the old town of San Sebastian. Like most other places i...

San Sebastian - Constitution Square

H: San Sebastian - Alley Crossing in the Old Town

by Carsten Arenz, 140 meters away

Along the alleys one bar, café and restaurant is right next to the other. Get in, have a drink or tas...

San Sebastian - Alley Crossing in the Old Town

I: Plaza De La Trinidad

by mikelmgm, 140 meters away

Plaza De La Trinidad

J: The Concert 3

by Florian Bertzbach, 150 meters away

Waiting for the concert of Aldi Meola during Jazzaldia Panorama with Nikon D3 10.5 mm Monopod ISO 320...

The Concert 3

This panorama was taken in Northern Spain, 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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