Old Town Dubrovnik, Stradun
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Old Town Dubrovnik, Stradun

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A: Dubrovnik

by Simonyan Sergey, less than 10 meters away

Dubrovnik

B: Night on the Stradun

by zeljko soletic, less than 10 meters away

Night on the Stradun

C: Summer evening in Dubrovnik

by zeljko soletic, less than 10 meters away

Summer evening in Dubrovnik

D: Candlemas 2014. in Dubrovnik

by zeljko soletic, less than 10 meters away

Candlemas, Christian festival beginning on February 2nd in Dubrovnik, 1041. year of tradition. Thanks...

Candlemas 2014. in Dubrovnik

E: Dubrovnik by night

by zeljko soletic, less than 10 meters away

Dubrovnik by night

F: Opening of 64 Dubrovnik Summer Festival

by zeljko soletic, less than 10 meters away

Opening of 64 Dubrovnik Summer Festival

G: Dubrovnik old town - stradun plaza

by Ruediger Kottmann, 10 meters away

Dubrovnik old town - stradun plaza

H: Early morning

by zeljko soletic, 10 meters away

Early morning

J: Children's Carnival 03.03.2014.

by zeljko soletic, 10 meters away

Children's Carnival  03.03.2014.

This panorama was taken in Croatia, 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.

Do not confuse the EU with the Council of Europe, which has 47 member states and dates to 1949. These two bodies share the same flag, national anthem, and mission of integrating Europe. The headquarters of the Council are located in Strasbourg, France, and it is most famous for its European Court of Human Rights.

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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