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A: Panorama Uvala

by Boris Bašić, 180 meters away

Panorama Uvala

B: Tonci

by Boris Bašić, 360 meters away

Tonci

C: Bar in a cave - Hotel More

by zeljko soletic, 500 meters away

Bar in a cave - Hotel More

D: Hotel More beach bar

by zeljko soletic, 520 meters away

Hotel More beach bar

E: Photo club Marin Getaldic

by zeljko soletic, 610 meters away

Photo club Marin Getaldic

F: Hotel Lapad Dubrovnik Croatia

by ivan ivankovic, 810 meters away

Hotel Lapad Dubrovnik Croatia

G: Dsc2287 Panorama

by zeljko soletic, 850 meters away

Dsc2287 Panorama

H: Dubrovnik Palace Hotel - impressive views from the pool area

by Romina Corak, 1.0 km away

Dubrovnik Palace Hotel, the luxury 5-star resort located on the beautiful Lapad peninsula in Dubrovni...

Dubrovnik Palace Hotel - impressive views from the pool area

I: Dubrovnik Palace Hotel - pool area overlooking the Adriatic sea

by Romina Corak, 1.0 km away

Dubrovnik Palace Hotel, the luxury 5-star resort located on the beautiful Lapad peninsula in Dubrovni...

Dubrovnik Palace Hotel - pool area overlooking the Adriatic sea

J: Dubrovnik Palace Hotel - lobby area overlooking the Adriatic

by Romina Corak, 1.0 km away

Dubrovnik Palace Hotel, the luxury 5-star resort located on the beautiful Lapad peninsula in Dubrovni...

Dubrovnik Palace Hotel - lobby area overlooking the Adriatic

This panorama was taken in Croatia, 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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