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A: Harbor Ipswich

by Valentin Arfire, 40 meters away

Harbor Ipswich

B: 17 march 2014 - Ipswich waterfront

by Valentin Arfire, 40 meters away

17 march 2014 - Ipswich waterfront

C: Fore Salthouse Crossroads

by Valentin Arfire, 50 meters away

Fore Salthouse Crossroads

D: Waterfront cafe

by Valentin Arfire, 60 meters away

Waterfront cafe

E: Ipswich - waterfront february 2014

by Valentin Arfire, 80 meters away

Ipswich - waterfront february 2014

F: waterfront Ipswich - february 2014

by Valentin Arfire, 80 meters away

waterfront Ipswich - february 2014

G: Fore Street view

by Valentin Arfire, 90 meters away

Fore Street view

H: me by the water at the marina Ipswich

by Valentin Arfire, 100 meters away

me by the water at the marina Ipswich

me by the water at the marina Ipswich

I: Waterfront Ipswich October 5 - 2013

by Valentin Arfire, 120 meters away

Waterfront Ipswich October 5 - 2013

J: Ipswich marina

by Valentin Arfire, 120 meters away

Ipswich marina

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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