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La Defense

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Office building 'La Defense' (1999-2004, UNStudio) in Almere-Stad (Flevoland, The Netherlands). This building houses the tax and unemployment department. The multi-colored foil in the glass panels of the façades reflect the light in a variety of different colors, depending on the time of the day and the angle of incidence.

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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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