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A: zoo lake 2

by Nikolai Soloviov, 10 meters away

zoo lake 2

B: Zoo Kishinev Moldova 2009 10 01 panorama 40

by Nikolai Soloviov, 30 meters away

Zoo Kishinev Moldova 2009 10 01  panorama  40

C: zoo Lake and the bird's island

by Nikolai Soloviov, 40 meters away

zoo Lake and the bird's island

E: 15

by Nikolai Soloviov, 90 meters away

15

F: Kishinev - Zoo

by Artur Paluta, 110 meters away

Zoo of Kishinev. Situated in the uptown of the city, close to Gates of the Kishinev. There is a Park,...

Kishinev - Zoo

G: Pano 5

by Nikolai Soloviov, 120 meters away

Pano 5

H: zoo kishinev moldova lake winter 2009 12 21

by Nikolai Soloviov, 120 meters away

zoo kishinev moldova  lake winter 2009 12  21

I: zoo bridge

by Nikolai Soloviov, 120 meters away

zoo bridge

J: Dasyprocta Illiger

by Nikolai Soloviov, 130 meters away

Dasyprocta Illiger

This panorama was taken in Chisinau, Moldova, Europe

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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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