Castillo de Pombal (Portugal)_2
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Castillo de Pombal (Portugal)_2

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A: Castillo de Pombal (Portugal)_1

by soledad-tante-agudo, 100 meters away

Castillo de Pombal  (Portugal)_1

B: Burned House

by Jaime Goncalves, 20.5 km away

This is an HDR picyute, shot inside this burned house, that had been burned in an accidental fire. Th...

Burned House

C: Little Farm

by Jaime Goncalves, 20.5 km away

Little Farm

D: Catedral de Leiria(Portugal)_Interior

by soledad-tante-agudo, 24.3 km away

Catedral de Leiria(Portugal)_Interior

E: Escuela Rodrigues Lobo_Leiria (Portugal)

by soledad-tante-agudo, 24.3 km away

Escuela Rodrigues Lobo_Leiria (Portugal)

F: Catedral de Leiria(Portugal)_Exterior

by soledad-tante-agudo, 24.3 km away

Catedral de Leiria(Portugal)_Exterior

G: Castillo_3_Leiria (Portugal)

by soledad-tante-agudo, 24.3 km away

Castillo_3_Leiria (Portugal)

H: Castillo_1_Leiria (Portugal)

by soledad-tante-agudo, 24.4 km away

Castillo_1_Leiria (Portugal)

I: Castillo_2_Leiria (Portugal)

by soledad-tante-agudo, 24.4 km away

Castillo_2_Leiria (Portugal)

J: Mercadillo_Leiria (Portugal)

by soledad-tante-agudo, 24.4 km away

Mercadillo_Leiria (Portugal)

This panorama was taken in Portugal, Europe

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Europe is presently uniting into one political and economic zone with a common currency called the Euro. The European Union originated in 1993 and is now composed of 27 member states. Its headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium.

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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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