Mittagskogel 365+1 - First Day
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Mittagskogel 365+1 - First Day

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A: Drava Bridge Villach

by Markus Ortner, less than 10 meters away

Drava Bridge Villach

B: Polish Eurocity Train 2nd Class

by Willy Kaemena, 360 meters away

Every day in the morning, the Eurocity train "Polonia" leaves Villach in southern Austria, to the  11...

Polish Eurocity Train 2nd Class

C: PKP Polish Intercity Car 2nd class

by Willy Kaemena, 360 meters away

A daily Eurocity train is connecting Villach in southern Austria  with Warzawa, the polish capital. T...

PKP Polish Intercity Car 2nd class

D: Atrio Shopping Mall

by Markus Ortner, 2.4 km away

Build in 2007, the Atrio in Villach is the largest shopping mall in Carinthia, covering 38.700m² of s...

Atrio Shopping Mall

E: Burg Landskron

by Matthias Kunze, 4.7 km away

Burg Landskron

F: castle landskron

by Peter Thomas, 4.7 km away

castle landskron

G: Annenheim - Ossiachersee

by Rudolf Klammer, 6.2 km away

Ort: Annenheim Aufnahmeposition: Ossiachersee Jahreszeit: Frühling 2009 Sonstiges: Grad 25° Kamera: C...

Annenheim - Ossiachersee

H: Annenheim - Ossiachersee

by Rudolf Klammer, 6.2 km away

Ort: Annenheim Aufnahmeposition: Ossiachersee Jahreszeit: Frühling 2009 Sonstiges: Grad 25° Kamera: C...

Annenheim - Ossiachersee

I: Annenheim - Bahnhof

by Rudolf Klammer, 6.2 km away

Ort: Annenheim Aufnahmeposition: Bahnhof Jahreszeit: Sommer 2009 Sonstiges: Übergang Kamera: Canon EO...

Annenheim - Bahnhof

J: Ossiach - Wanderweg

by Rudolf Klammer, 7.2 km away

Ort: Ossiach Aufnahmeposition: Wanderweg Jahreszeit: Frühling 2009 Sonstiges: Grad 25° Kamera: Canon ...

Ossiach - Wanderweg

This panorama was taken in Austria, Europe

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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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