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A: Prinses Irene Tunnel Graffiti Delft

by Mark de Graaf, 270 meters away

Prinses Irene Tunnel Graffiti Delft

B: Delft Prinses Irene (graffiti) Tunnel

by Mark de Graaf, 280 meters away

The Princes Irene Tunnel in Delft is used these days as a graffiti wall, which gives a lot of joy to ...

Delft Prinses Irene (graffiti) Tunnel

C: Delft Army Museum Westvest

by Mark de Graaf, 290 meters away

Delft Army Museum Westvest

D: Graffiti at Irene Tunnel in Delft

by Mark de Graaf, 330 meters away

Graffiti at Irene Tunnel in Delft

F: Delft Hooikade by Night "onder de blauwe rook"

by Mark de Graaf, 370 meters away

In Delft, the performing artist, Marco Fulgheri, has made an old chimney make blue smoke. This piece ...

Delft Hooikade by Night "onder de blauwe rook"

G: Delft Scheepsmakerij "under the the blue smoke"

by Mark de Graaf, 400 meters away

Delft Scheepsmakerij "under the the blue smoke"

H: Delft Oude Delft Bridge

by Mark de Graaf, 410 meters away

Delft Oude Delft Bridge

I: Dikereef Chamber Delft Netherlands

by Mark de Graaf, 580 meters away

Dikereef Chamber Delft Netherlands

J: Delft, Oude Delft

by Mark de Graaf, 600 meters away

Delft, Oude Delft

This panorama was taken in Netherlands, 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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