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Europe, Magazine of the European Union, February 1997, no. 363, pp. 6-9

Europe is published by the Delegation of the European Commission, Washington DC
© The European Commision, 1997

INTERNET The European Connection

By Christina Barron

It's not surprising that the Internet has had the feel of an American export. It grew out of a US military project and later the desire of a small group of American universities to share research. The english language dominated. Bult all that is changing. Internet service and content providers have popped up all over Europe, and nearly 9 million plugged-in Europeans are finding their own languages and content -- their own identity -- on the Net.



A search for information on the Internet these days can mean culling through hundreds of search engine listings, many of which have little to do with the topic at heand. Those interested in Europe - be it for current events or an upconing trip - might try some of the sites detailed below before diving into Magellan or Infoseek searches. The listings are broad in scope but are springboards to many other country-specific sites. When available, the Web site of a country's embassy in the United States in included as is a site in the country's native language.




GREECE. The Greek embassy ( has current events in both Greek and English, cultural, and tourist information, history, and many links to Greek ministries and US-Greek organizations. But the Hellenic Resources Network tops that with a personalized newspaper on its site ( Registered users can pick topics of interest and have the information on the site packaged to center on those topics. The links to other Greek-related sites - on business, science, religion, sports, and several other areas - are impressive.




ODDS AND ENDS. For some Europewide sites try the European Union (at either or for political, economic, and general information on the European Union itself and its 15 member states. If searching for data on Europe's big cities, two sites can be useful: Citynet and TimeOut. Citynet ( offers some European cities, while TimeOut ( focuses on what is happening in 11 European cities during a two-week time period.

Christina Barron regularly writes EUROPE's EU On-line column
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