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A: Rotterdam Euromast Stairs

by Mark de Graaf, 360 meters away

Rotterdam Euromast Stairs

B: Euromast: a 360° panoramic view at sunset

by Littleplanet.nl - Roelof de Vries, 360 meters away

This is the 360° view that you have of the lower balcony of the Euromast in Rotterdam, The Netherland...

Euromast: a 360° panoramic view at sunset

C: Rotterdam - Euromast

by Marco den Herder, 370 meters away

Rotterdam - Euromast

D: Maastunnel (bikers entrance)

by Marcel Wagenaar, 740 meters away

The Maastunnel is a tunnel in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, connecting the banks of the Nieuwe Maas. Ab...

Maastunnel (bikers entrance)

E: Kunsthal

by Gary Quigg, 840 meters away

A large art gallery in Rotterdam designed by Rem Koolhaas. It is situated in the Museumpark next to t...

Kunsthal

F: Kunsthal Rotterdam Modern Art Gallery

by C360.NL - Henri Smeets, 860 meters away

The Kunsthal Rotterdam stages some 25 exhibitions a year. The Kunsthal presents culture in the widest...

Kunsthal Rotterdam Modern Art Gallery

G: Shipyard "de Delft"

by Hans Klop, 900 meters away

Building of the historical ship "de Delft" Hans Klop

Shipyard "de Delft"

H: Mouterbridge, Rotterdam, Delfshaven

by Marcel Wagenaar, 940 meters away

Delfshaven is a borough of Rotterdam on the right bank of river Nieuwe Maas, in South Holland, the Ne...

Mouterbridge, Rotterdam, Delfshaven

I: Delfshaven

by pro4pics-ton-den-ouden, 970 meters away

The historic harbour of Delfshaven. View on the 'Voorhaven' with the Piet-Heyn bridge. In former days...

Delfshaven

J: View on the Rotterdam Skyline

by Littleplanet.nl - Roelof de Vries, 1.1 km away

This panorama shows the view on the Rotterdam Skyline from Delfshaven. The panorama is part of a proj...

View on the Rotterdam Skyline

This panorama was taken in Rotterdam, 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.

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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. 

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