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Lifeboat

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A: Breakwater Bottom

by Rico Riedi, 90 meters away

Breakwater Bottom

B: Berry Head Road Beach

by Rico Riedi, 160 meters away

Berry Head Road Beach

C: Breakwater Side

by Rico Riedi, 220 meters away

Breakwater Side

D: Marina Visitors Ponton

by Rico Riedi, 280 meters away

Marina Visitors Ponton

E: Crab Fishing

by Rico Riedi, 310 meters away

Crab Fishing

F: Fishing Baskets

by Rico Riedi, 420 meters away

Fishing Baskets

G: Viewing Deck

by Rico Riedi, 420 meters away

Viewing Deck

H: Breakwater Middle

by Rico Riedi, 450 meters away

Breakwater Middle

I: Old Sailboat

by Rico Riedi, 450 meters away

Old Sailboat

J: Fish Market By Side

by Rico Riedi, 500 meters away

Fish Market By Side

This panorama was taken in England, 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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