Graz Mariahilferkirche
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Graz Mariahilferkirche

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B: Graz behind the Kunsthaus

by Fritz Hanke, 140 meters away

Here we are behind the Kunsthaus in Graz at the Mariahilferstrasse.See also  http://en.wikipedia.org/...

Graz behind the Kunsthaus

C: Mursteg, Graz

by Nicolas Galani, 160 meters away

Mursteg, Graz

D: Graz 2009 Kunsthaus

by Sebastian Reiser, 200 meters away

Graz 2009 Kunsthaus

E: Schlossberg Platz

by Klaus Treichler, 230 meters away

Schlossberg Platz

F: Schlossbergplatz

by Klaus Treichler, 230 meters away

Schlossbergplatz

G: Graz Erzherzog Johann Bridge

by Fritz Hanke, 240 meters away

Here we are on the Erzherzog Johann Bridge in Graz next to the Kunsthaus.See also  http://en.wikipedi...

Graz Erzherzog Johann Bridge

H: Schlossberg3

by Rami Saarikorpi, 260 meters away

Schlossberg3

I: Graz 2011 Displaced Exhibition

by Sebastian Reiser, 290 meters away

Graz 2011 Displaced Exhibition

J: Graz Schlossbergsteig

by Fritz Hanke, 300 meters away

You can take an elevator upto the Schlossberg or use the stair called Schlossbergsteig.See also  http...

Graz Schlossbergsteig

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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