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A: Foster and PWC Towers

by Jose Maria Ocana Rizo, 500 meters away

This picture shows the tallest buildings in Madrid. The four towers located at the old Real Madrid sp...

Foster and PWC Towers

B: Cuatro Torres Business Area (CTBA)

by Lorenzo Valles Vila, 510 meters away

Cuatro Torres Business Area (CTBA) is a business park near the Paseo de la Castellana, Madrid (Spain)...

Cuatro Torres Business Area (CTBA)

C: Plaza de Castilla, Madrid

by Daniel Font, 540 meters away

Se encuentra en el norte de la ciudad y es atravesada por el Paseo de la Castellana, una de las princ...

Plaza de Castilla, Madrid

D: Torres

by Lorenzo Valles Vila, 550 meters away

Cuatro Torres Business Area (CTBA) is a business park near the Paseo de la Castellana, Madrid (Spain)...

Torres

E: Talgo IV Cama

by Willy Kaemena, 570 meters away

Sleeper compartment "Clase Preferente" of a train hotel type Talgo Pendular, built in 1980th. Here in...

Talgo IV Cama

F: The Europe Towers of the Castilla square of madrid

by jose-ignacio-teran, 590 meters away

The Europe Towers of the Castilla square of madrid

G: PWC and Cristal Towers

by Jose Maria Ocana Rizo, 590 meters away

This picture shows the tallest buildings in Madrid. The four towers located at the old Real Madrid sp...

PWC and Cristal Towers

H: PWC, Cristal, Foster and Spacio Towers

by Jose Maria Ocana Rizo, 590 meters away

This picture shows the tallest buildings in Madrid. The four towers located at the old Real Madrid sp...

PWC, Cristal, Foster and Spacio Towers

I: Madrihatten

by Rafael DeVill, 600 meters away

The "Cuatro Torres Business Aeria" or as it is reffered to by many: Madrihatten or Madridhatten. At t...

Madrihatten

J: runway of Chamartin satation

by jose-ignacio-teran, 630 meters away

runway of Chamartin satation

This panorama was taken in Madrid, 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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