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Square autumn night

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A: Kharkov Organ Hall

by Taranenko Aleksey, 30 meters away

Kharkov Organ Hall

B: Sobornyj descent

by Evgeny Barsky, 40 meters away

Sobornyj descent

C: fountain near Universytetska str.

by Mihail Rodygin, 120 meters away

fountain near Universytetska str.

D: Uspensky Cathedral

by Evgeny Barsky, 160 meters away

Uspensky Cathedral

E: Kupechesky bridge

by Taras Kushnirenko, 210 meters away

Kupechesky bridge

F: Pier and bridge Lopansky

by Taras Kushnirenko, 230 meters away

Pier and bridge Lopansky

G: Constitucii Sovetskaya Teveleva Nikolayevskaya square

by Taras Kushnirenko, 290 meters away

Constitucii Sovetskaya Teveleva Nikolayevskaya square

H: Gostinnaya

by Alex Hrebtov, 410 meters away

Gostinnaya

I: Blagoveshenskiy cathedral

by Igor Ivchenko, 410 meters away

Blagoveshenskiy cathedral

J: Fishing at river Lopan

by Taras Kushnirenko, 550 meters away

Fishing at river Lopan

This panorama was taken in Ukraine, 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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