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A: church of Our Lady of Mt Carmel

by Andrey Nakamura, 270 meters away

church of Our Lady of Mt Carmel

B: Balluta bay

by Andrea Biffi, 270 meters away

Tas-Sliema, which means peace, comfort, is a city on the northeast coast of Malta. It was once a quie...

Balluta bay

C: Sliema Triq Belvedere pavillon

by Udo Lenkewicz, 560 meters away

Sliema Triq Belvedere pavillon

D: Sacro Cuor Parish Church Sliema Malta

by Martin Micallef, 660 meters away

Sacro Cuor Parish Church Sliema Malta

E: Sunset over St. Julian's Bay

by Ursula & David Molenda, 680 meters away

Sunset over St. Julian's Bay

F: Sliema Santa Marija phone box

by Udo Lenkewicz, 730 meters away

Sliema Santa Marija phone box

G: Gzira, Malta

by Ursula & David Molenda, 760 meters away

Gzira, Malta

H: Tas-Sliema coast

by Andrea Biffi, 780 meters away

Tas-Sliema, which means peace, comfort, is a city on the northeast coast of Malta. It was once a quie...

Tas-Sliema coast

I: Silema 2

by Banick, 800 meters away

View from Silema to Manoel Island

Silema 2

J: beach Sliema

by Andrey Nakamura, 830 meters away

night beach

beach Sliema

This panorama was taken in Malta, 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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