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Nearby images in Northern Spain

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A: Parque

by mikelmgm, 50 meters away

Parque

B: Pond

by Martin Duckitt, 90 meters away

Pond

C: Palacio del Duque de Mandas, rehabilitado en 2005

by Martin Duckitt, 110 meters away

Palacio del Duque de Mandas, rehabilitado en 2005

D: Pathwaycristinaenea

by Martin Duckitt, 120 meters away

Pathwaycristinaenea

E: Parque de Cristina Enea

by mikelmgm, 130 meters away

Parque de Cristina Enea

F: Parque de Cristina Enea

by mikelmgm, 180 meters away

Parque en la ciudad de San Sebastián donde se puede disfrutar de su flora, paseos ubicado en Egia.

Parque de Cristina Enea

G: Esculturas

by mikelmgm, 190 meters away

Esculturas

H: Paseo Del Urumea

by mikelmgm, 370 meters away

Paseo Del Urumea

I: Pasarela de la Estación del Norte

by mikelmgm, 400 meters away

Acceso por la pasarela de la estación del Norte hacia el barrio de Egia

Pasarela de la Estación del Norte

J: PuenteDe Maria Cristina

by mikelmgm, 420 meters away

PuenteDe Maria Cristina

This panorama was taken in Northern Spain, 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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