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Nearby images in England


A: Bearwood College II

by Arunas Stankus, 3.6 km away

Bearwood College II

B: Bearwood College III

by Arunas Stankus, 3.6 km away

Bearwood College III

C: South Hill Park

by George Anestopoulos, 6.0 km away

South Hill Park

D: Sonning Hockey Festival

by Tom Hurley, 8.5 km away

As hockey festivals go, Sonning has to be one of the most debauched. The hockey is very good, of cour...

Sonning Hockey Festival

E: The Oracle

by Doug Harris, 10.7 km away

Large shopping and entertainmet complex set on the Kennet River in Reading. A tributary of the River ...

The Oracle

F: Forbury Gardens

by Doug Harris, 10.7 km away

Forbury Gardens set in the centre of Reading. The great lion statue that dominates the park is said t...

Forbury Gardens

G: Snow Cottage

by Bob Stapleton, 13.4 km away

Taken during the "big freeze" Jan 2010

Snow Cottage


by Juan Jose Fernandez, 14.4 km away



I: Jubilee Statue

by Bob Stapleton, 14.6 km away

I walked five miles in the snow to get this shot, the reason I went all the way there was because I k...

Jubilee Statue

J: Red Foot Bridge

by Bob Stapleton, 14.6 km away

This is a small foot bridge that I came across whilst out walking and I thought that it would make a ...

Red Foot Bridge

This panorama was taken in England, 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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