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A: Andalusia patio

by Dashkov Vladimir, 160 meters away

Typical Spanish beautiful patio, an example of architecture of Andalusia. Side rooms line the patio w...

Andalusia patio

B: Malaga

by mikelmgm, 470 meters away

Malaga

C: Malaga

by mikelmgm, 490 meters away

Malaga

D: 5

by Matúš Kosa, 500 meters away

5

E: Málaga

by mikelmgm, 580 meters away

Málaga

F: Fundación Pablo Ruiz Picasso

by mikelmgm, 590 meters away

Fundación Pablo Ruiz Picasso

G: Semana Santa Málaga 9

by Matúš Kosa, 600 meters away

Semana Santa 9- Holy week Malaga. Processions in the city centre of Malaga usually exhibit two throne...

Semana Santa Málaga 9

H: Catedral de Málaga

by mikelmgm, 620 meters away

Catedral de Málaga

I: Mercy Square

by Dashkov Vladimir, 620 meters away

At the center of a large square area rises the obelisk to General Torrijos and his colleagues who gav...

Mercy Square

J: semana santa 6

by Matúš Kosa, 620 meters away

semana santa 6

This panorama was taken in Spain, 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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