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President Palace, Kaunas

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Historical Presidential Palace of the Republic of Lithuania in Kaunas

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B: Kaunas Capital Of Basketball making off

by DJ-Maryxa MC, 130 meters away

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QedsEXpmhQKaunas Capital Of Basketball making off.

Kaunas Capital Of Basketball making off

C: Kaunas, Kurpių street., Tunnel,

by Belmando Poll, 310 meters away

Kaunas, Kurpių street., Tunnel,

D: Authentic Soviet interior at Kaunas pharmacy "Vilties vaistinė", Lithuania

by Vil Muhametshin, 520 meters away

Kaunas pharmacy Vilties vaistinė, situated on Laisvės Alėja (Liberty Boulevard, one of the longest pe...

Authentic Soviet interior at Kaunas pharmacy "Vilties vaistinė", Lithuania

E: Kaunas St. Peter and Paul Church

by Belmando Poll, 530 meters away

Kaunas St. Peter and Paul Church

F: International Paper Design Exhibition "POPIERUKAS" 2012

by Vytenis Sakalauskas, 560 meters away

A glimpse of an International Paper Design Exhibition "POPIERUKAS" in Kaunas, Lithuania, Gallery "Bal...

International Paper Design Exhibition "POPIERUKAS" 2012

G: International Paper Design Exhibition "POPIERUKAS" 2012 2nd gallery space

by Vytenis Sakalauskas, 560 meters away

And another glimpse of International Paper Design Exhibition "POPIERUKAS" in Kaunas, Lithuania, in Ar...

International Paper Design Exhibition "POPIERUKAS" 2012 2nd gallery space

H: Pavesine Baltas Dviratis

by Belmando Poll, 570 meters away

Pavesine Baltas Dviratis

I: Bike Show Millenium 2012

by DJ-Maryxa MC, 650 meters away

Bike Show Millenium 2012

J: Megstos Kaledos Kaune 2013 Metu

by Belmando Poll, 660 meters away

Megstos Kaledos Kaune 2013 Metu

This panorama was taken in Lithuania, 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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