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Author Topic: Is there a definitive guide to the boundaries of Europe?  (Read 1998 times)

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Is there a definitive guide to the boundaries of Europe?
« on: 13 March, 2009, 03:16:18 PM »
Take the Eurovision Song Contest, for example.  Now personally, I don't think Israel or Russia are part of what I think of as Europe, and yet, this year, Russia is proclaiming that hosting the contest marks its 'return to Europe'.  Where does Europe end and the Middle East begin?

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Re: Is there a definitive guide to the boundaries of Europe?
« Reply #1 on: 13 March, 2009, 05:05:13 PM »
In school I learned that half of Russia is in Europe, west of the Ural mountains. In the southeast Turkey is the last European country. Howewer, to participate in Eurovision Song Contest you don't have to be a European country, you only have to be a member of the European Broadcasing Union. Wikipedia has a map:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Broadcasting_Union

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Re: Is there a definitive guide to the boundaries of Europe?
« Reply #2 on: 13 March, 2009, 05:39:10 PM »
On a lighter note, before the Second World War, the Times ran a now famous article headlined....

"Fog in English Channel. Europe cut off".

To this day I think many people don't think of Britain being part of Europe.

As a kid I always thought that Europe stopped at the Caucassus. That is still the mental image I have of Europe. Beyond that is all 'abroad'.
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