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A: Sea Pool in Split Croatia

by Stipe Stanić, 150 meters away

Sea Pool in Split Croatia

B: Spinut View

by Stipe Stanić, 330 meters away

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C: View from the first pier marine Lucica Split Croatia

by Stipe Stanić, 340 meters away

This is a view from the first pier in marine Lučica located in Split Croatia.

View from the first pier marine Lucica Split Croatia

D: Playground Spinut in Split Croatia

by Stipe Stanić, 520 meters away

Playground in town Split, Croatia in january 2012. Near this playground you can find the stadium Polj...

Playground Spinut in Split Croatia

E: monastery St. Ante

by Darko Rom, 550 meters away

monastery St. Ante

F: Hajduk Inter 02.08.2012

by Stipe Stanić, 570 meters away

Hajduk Inter 02.08.2012

G: archeology museum

by Darko Rom, 620 meters away

archeology museum

H: No Sun In Garden

by Stipe Stanić, 870 meters away

No Sun In Garden

I: Marine Spinut

by Stipe Stanić, 880 meters away

Marine Spinut

J: Path on Marjan hill in Split Croatia 1

by Stipe Stanić, 970 meters away

Path on Marjan hill in Split Croatia 1

This panorama was taken in Croatia, 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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