KGB. Independence avenue - Minsk
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KGB. Independence avenue - Minsk

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A: Minsk, Independence Avenue

by Ivan Savin, 70 meters away

Minsk, Independence Avenue

B: Belarus, Minsk. Bar in the cinema "Central"

by Anton Sapezhnikov, 200 meters away

Belarus, Minsk. Bar in the cinema "Central"

C: Belarus Minsk Cinema Victory

by Anton Sapezhnikov, 310 meters away

Belarus, Minsk. Cinema "Victory" was built in 1958. This is one of the oldest cinemas in Minsk.

Belarus Minsk Cinema Victory

D: Belarus Minsk Komsomolskaya str

by Anton Sapezhnikov, 320 meters away

Belarus, Minsk. Cinema "Victory" was built in 1958. This is one of the oldest cinemas in Minsk.

Belarus Minsk Komsomolskaya str

E: Minsk Prospect Nezavisimosti

by Mikhail Vasechkin, 340 meters away

Minsk Prospect Nezavisimosti

F: galerie

by Olga Polubenko, 370 meters away

galerie

G: Belarus, Minsk Photogallery in Videocentre

by Anton Sapezhnikov, 460 meters away

Belarus, Minsk Photogallery in Videocentre

H: Belarus Minsk Hotel Europe

by Anton Sapezhnikov, 460 meters away

Belarus, Minsk. Hotel "Europe". The five-star hotel "Europe" is located in the center of Minsk, not f...

Belarus Minsk Hotel Europe

I: Belarus Minsk Hotel Europe

by Anton Sapezhnikov, 470 meters away

Belarus, Minsk. Hotel "Europe". The five-star hotel "Europe" is located in the center of Minsk, not f...

Belarus Minsk Hotel Europe

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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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