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Vabaduse väljak (Freedom Square) reconstruction

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Immagini nelle vicinanze di Tallinn

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A: Estonia's Independence Day Parade 2010

di Andrew Bodrov, 10 metri di distanza

Estonia's Independence Day Parade 2010

B: #11ElevenLive - 11.11.11

di Andrew Bodrov, 20 metri di distanza

#11ElevenLive - 11.11.11

C: Estonia's Independence Day 2010 celebrations

di Andrew Bodrov, 20 metri di distanza

Estonia's Independence Day 2010 celebrations

E: Freedom Square

di Rainer Ots, 30 metri di distanza

Freedom Square (Vabaduse väljak) in Tallinn during the 2009 SEB Tallinn City Run as seen from the foo...

Freedom Square

F: ACTA protest in Tallinn - 11.02.2012

di Andrew Bodrov, 30 metri di distanza

ACTA protest in Tallinn - 11.02.2012

H: Estonia's Independence Day 2010 celebrations

di Andrew Bodrov, 50 metri di distanza

Estonia's Independence Day 2010 celebrations

I: Vabaduse väljak (Freedom Square) reconstruction

di Andrew Bodrov, 50 metri di distanza

Vabaduse väljak (Freedom Square) reconstruction

J: Freedom Square from Harjumägi hill

di Rainer Ots, 50 metri di distanza

View of Freedom Square (in Estonian: "Vabaduse väljak") from the Harjumägi hill during the 2009 SEB T...

Freedom Square from Harjumägi hill

Questo panorama è stato scattato in Tallinn, Europe

Questa è una vista generale di 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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