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A: Toledo_Plaza de San Salvador (Mural Aphotonce)_1

by soledad-tante-agudo, less than 10 meters away

Toledo_Plaza de San Salvador (Mural Aphotonce)_1

B: Salvador alleyway of toledo

by jose-ignacio-teran, 60 meters away

Salvador alleyway of toledo

C: Consistorio square of toledo

by jose-ignacio-teran, 60 meters away

Consistorio square of toledo

D: Salvador square of toledo

by jose-ignacio-teran, 70 meters away

Salvador square of toledo

E: Patios de Toledo Calle De La Trinidad

by soledad-tante-agudo, 100 meters away

Patios de Toledo Calle De La Trinidad

F: Toledo Iglesia De La Purisima

by soledad-tante-agudo, 110 meters away

Toledo Iglesia De La Purisima

G: Toledo_Patio típico (Merce)

by soledad-tante-agudo, 120 meters away

Toledo_Patio típico (Merce)

H: Toledo by night, the Cathedral and the Town Council

by Guillem Alemany, 120 meters away

A night view taken on december 2013 at the Town Council square in Toledo, Spain, with the huge cathed...

Toledo by night, the Cathedral and the Town Council

I: Los Cobertizos_Rober-Templario

by soledad-tante-agudo, 130 meters away

Los Cobertizos_Rober-Templario

J: Alfonso 12 street of toledo

by jose-ignacio-teran, 130 meters away

Alfonso 12 street of toledo

This panorama was taken in Spain, 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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