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Estate Laßnitzhöhe

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A: Graz

by Rainer Scheiblhofer, 9.4 km away

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B: Statue of austrian Admiral Wilhelm Freiherr von Tegetthoff

by Anže Polovšak, 9.9 km away

Wilhelm von Tegetthoff (23 December 1827 – 7 April 1871) was an Austrian admiral. Considered one of t...

Statue of austrian Admiral Wilhelm Freiherr von Tegetthoff

C: Graz 2011 KOLLEKTIV GRAUKARTE Exhibition #1

by Sebastian Reiser, 10.2 km away

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D: Graz 2011 KOLLEKTIV GRAUKARTE Exhibition #2

by Sebastian Reiser, 10.2 km away

Graz 2011 KOLLEKTIV GRAUKARTE Exhibition #2

E: Graz 2010 Sandgasse

by Sebastian Reiser, 10.2 km away

Graz 2010 Sandgasse

F: Graz 2010 Winkelgasse

by Sebastian Reiser, 10.5 km away

Graz 2010 Winkelgasse

G: Graz 2009 Muenzgrabenstrasse

by Sebastian Reiser, 10.6 km away

Graz 2009 Muenzgrabenstrasse

H: Graz 2009 Messe2

by Sebastian Reiser, 10.8 km away

Graz 2009 Messe2

I: Graz 2009 Messe

by Sebastian Reiser, 10.8 km away

Graz 2009 Messe

J: Graz 2009 Roseggergarten

by Sebastian Reiser, 11.0 km away

Graz 2009 Roseggergarten

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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