St. Dimitar chapel near Asenovgrad
The Bulgarian tsar Asen's Fortress is a medieval fortress in the Bulgarian Rhodope Mountains, 2-3 km ...
The walkway to the second largest Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria spans at about 200 meters to the ent...
A photographic seminar with renowned nude and potrait photographer Nacho "Kubeto" Kamenov was carried...
Plovdiv city in mid-January. The place is called "The Buttons" because of the small round sits around...
Night panorama from Youth hill (mladejki hylm) Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Milio is a popular, kind hearted and eccentric person from the near past of Plovdiv.
Plovdiv Old Town, square in old town between Panayot Volov str. and Puldin str.Plovdiv is located on ...
Old town Plovdiv, bar doli, ul paldin, ul kiril nektariev
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.