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Nearby images in http://www.360cities.net/area/haarlem-centrum

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A: Galerie KNH

by Frans Frowijn, 780 meters away

Galerie KNH

B: Amsterdamse Poort

by Teake van Popta, 830 meters away

Amsterdamse Poort

C: amsterdamse poort

by Frans Frowijn, 840 meters away

amsterdamse poort

amsterdamse poort

D: grafitti

by Frans Frowijn, 930 meters away

grafitti

E: Houtmarkt, Haarlem

by Tony LUJIEN, 950 meters away

Houtmarkt, Haarlem

F: Drawbridge

by Tom! Striewisch, 1.0 km away

Drawbridge

G: haarlem teylershof 1

by Frans Frowijn, 1.1 km away

haarlem teylershof 1

H: greiner school

by Frans Frowijn, 1.1 km away

greiner school

I: greiner school

by Frans Frowijn, 1.1 km away

greiner school

J: Teylers museum, Haarlem

by Henk-Jan de Jong, 1.1 km away

The Teylers Museum, is the Netherlands' first and oldest museum, open to the public since 1784. Uniqu...

Teylers museum, Haarlem

This panorama was taken in http://www.360cities.net/area/haarlem-centrum, 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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