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A: Romanza

by Cibula Vincent, 490 meters away

Break in the circus Romanza. Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. Prestavka v cirkuse Romanza.

Romanza

B: Hlavná železničná stanica

by Marek Harman, 540 meters away

Hlavná železničná stanica

C: Hlavná stanica

by Marek Harman, 580 meters away

Hlavná stanica

D: Na moste

by Marek Harman, 710 meters away

Na moste

E: Majerský most

by Marek Harman, 720 meters away

Majerský most

F: Zimný večer na dvore

by Marek Harman, 850 meters away

Zimný večer na dvore

G: Červený most

by Marek Harman, 910 meters away

Červený most

H: Zimný štadión

by Marek Harman, 960 meters away

Zimný štadión

I: Trieda SNP

by Marek Harman, 990 meters away

Trieda SNP

J: Ulica 29. augusta

by Marek Harman, 1.0 km away

Ulica 29. augusta

This panorama was taken in Slovakia, 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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