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A: Cesta

by Miroslav Pochyba, 350 meters away

Cesta

B: Bažantnica

by Miroslav Pochyba, 430 meters away

Bažantnica

C: Les so snežienkami

by Miroslav Pochyba, 450 meters away

Les so snežienkami

D: Chatka na Dunaji

by Miroslav Pochyba, 540 meters away

Chatka na Dunaji

E: Trampske Osady Ivanske

by Zoltan Duray, 610 meters away

Trampske Osady Ivanske

F: Totemy

by Miroslav Pochyba, 630 meters away

Totemy

G: Trampske Osady Ivanske - 2

by Zoltan Duray, 640 meters away

Trampske Osady Ivanske - 2

H: Branch of the Small Danube

by Zoltan Duray, 920 meters away

Branch of the Small Danube

I: Malý Dunaj

by Miroslav Pochyba, 960 meters away

Malý Dunaj

J: Malý Dunaj

by Miroslav Pochyba, 1.3 km away

Malý Dunaj

This panorama was taken in Slovakia, 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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