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A: Vocni square

by Darko Rom, 20 meters away

Vocni square

B: Voćni trg (Fruit Square)

by Igor Adamec, 20 meters away

Official name of this square in Split old town is 'Trg braće Radić' (Square of Radić brothers), and t...

Voćni trg (Fruit Square)

C: Split Old Town

by Igor Adamec, 30 meters away

Split

Split Old Town

D: Feeding the Birds, Split

by Thomas Krueger, 50 meters away

Sunday morning at the Riva, the sea promenade of Split.

Feeding the Birds, Split

E: Split

by Armin Leuprecht, 70 meters away

Split

F: port of Split

by Darko Rom, 70 meters away

port of Split

G: Kazaliste

by Darko Rom, 80 meters away

Kazaliste

H: Kula

by Darko Rom, 80 meters away

Kula

I: Park

by Darko Rom, 80 meters away

Park

J: Pjaca square

by Darko Rom, 80 meters away

Pjaca square

This panorama was taken in Croatia, 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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