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Zakynthos

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A: Miramare Castle, Trieste

by Takács István, less than 10 meters away

Miramare Castle (Italian: Castello di Miramare; German: Schloß Miramar; Slovene: Grad Miramar) is a 1...

Miramare Castle, Trieste

B: Zakynthos

by Takács István, 140 meters away

Zakynthos

C: near the blue caves of Zakynthos

by Konstantin Lamin, 2.4 km away

swimming near the blue caves in Zakynthos island, orZante(from Venetian) is a Greek island in the Ion...

near the blue caves of Zakynthos

D: Zante Tourist Boat

by Billy Hepburn, 6.6 km away

One of the many tourist boats running day trips between Zante Town and Smugglers Cove. This boat is o...

Zante Tourist Boat

E: Xigia beach - Zakynthos

by G.B., 8.5 km away

Xigia beach - Zakynthos

F: Zakynthos. The cliff over Navagio Bay

by Andrey K., 10.0 km away

Zakynthos. The cliff over Navagio Bay

H: Shipwreck (Smugglers cove)

by George Hatzikostis, 10.2 km away

The famous Shipwreck site on the northwest side of the island of Zante in Greece. View from above, ri...

Shipwreck (Smugglers cove)

I: Navagio Beach

by Takács István, 10.3 km away

Navagio beach is one of the most famous part of the nice island. Navagio Beach (Greek: Ναυάγιο), or t...

Navagio Beach

J: Zakynthos, Navagio Beach with the wreck of Panagiotis

by Takács István, 10.5 km away

 Navagio beach is one of the most famous part of the nice island. Navagio Beach (Greek: ???????), or ...

Zakynthos, Navagio Beach with the wreck of Panagiotis

This panorama was taken in Greece, Europe

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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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