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A: Kiosko Musica

by mikelmgm, 40 meters away

Kiosko Musica

B: mio yes

by Hermes Guerra, 50 meters away

linda prueba

mio yes

C: City Hall Of San Sebastián

by Martin Duckitt, 100 meters away

City Hall Of San Sebastián

D: Ayuntamiento

by mikelmgm, 100 meters away

El ayuntamiento de San Sebastián esta ubicado en la zona mas visitada de la ciudad junto a la parte v...

Ayuntamiento

E: Donostia - San Sebastian - Alderdieder Gardens and City Town Hall

by JC Santamaria, 140 meters away

Donostia - San Sebastian - Alderdieder Gardens and City Town Hall and view of Concha Bay

Donostia - San Sebastian - Alderdieder Gardens and City Town Hall

F: San Sebastian - City Hall

by Carsten Arenz, 150 meters away

The city hall of San Sebastian is situated at the nothern end of the promenade along the bay of San S...

San Sebastian - City Hall

G: Plaza Sarriegui

by mikelmgm, 160 meters away

Plaza Sarriegui

H: Alderdi Eder (paseo maritimo)

by mikelmgm, 160 meters away

Alderdi Eder (paseo maritimo)

I: Puerto Pesquero

by mikelmgm, 160 meters away

 Puerto Pesquero

J: Cristina Enea

by mikelmgm, 160 meters away

Cristina Enea

This panorama was taken in Northern Spain, 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. 

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