Human entrepreneurship has not only had negative consequences. Europe was also the place where our current idea of democracy arose when ancient Greek culture excelled in the disciplines of politics and philosophy. Most of the world has adopted the legal system and social organization ideals from the Roman Empire. European history also includes less pleasant trends such as crusades and missionary work.

Before the missions could begin, the world had to be discovered, and in the 15th century, a boom of discoveries began over most of the world. In this way, a lot of European countries became colonial powers and could benefit from trades. In recent times, Europe's history has been marked by world wars. Recently, many countries in Central and Eastern Europe have gained independence and became new members of the European Union.

Currently, the euro is the official currency of 19 out of 27 EU member countries; together, they constitute the Eurozone, officially called the euro area.
The seat of the EU, Brussels, is known as the "capital of Europe." Its significance as center of international governance and business makes Brussels a truly global city.