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Krakow G Wny

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A: Christmas tree in front of the main railway station

by Jan Mulder, 50 meters away

Photo's taken on December 31, 2013.

Christmas tree in front of the main railway station

B: Ice skating on Sylwester

by Jan Mulder, 60 meters away

Photo's taken on December 31, 2013.

Ice skating on Sylwester

C: Jan Nowak Jezioranski Square

by Karol Kwiatek, 60 meters away

Near the Railway Station and the biggest shopping centre in Krakow (Galeria Krakowska - opened in 2007).

Jan Nowak Jezioranski Square

D: Dutch oliebollenkraam in Krakow

by Jan Mulder, 80 meters away

Photo's taken on December 31, 2013.

Dutch oliebollenkraam in Krakow

E: Jan Nowak Jeziorański Square 2

by Karol Kwiatek, 100 meters away

Jan Nowak Jeziorański Square 2

F: Bike taxi stand

by Jan Mulder, 110 meters away

The drivers of these bike taxis of Galeria Krakowska will ride you to any place in the old town of Kr...

Bike taxi stand

G: John Paul II's monument

by Karol Kwiatek, 190 meters away

Krakow is John Paul's city. He was a bishop here when he became the pope in 1978. John Paul II born K...

John Paul II's monument

H: St. Francis of Assisi's Church

by Mina Isaac, 190 meters away

St. Francis of Assisi's Church

I: Galeria Krakowska - Pawia Street

by Karol Kwiatek, 220 meters away

Shopping centre opened in 2007

Galeria Krakowska - Pawia Street

J: Pomnik Władysława Jagiełły

by Leszek Cuper, 360 meters away

Pomnik Władysława Jagiełły

This panorama was taken in Krakow, 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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