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Obidos Castle

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Historic Village of Obidos Portugal Sep. 2004

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Óbidos,_Portugal

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A: Obidos medieval festival

by Studio Mambeau - Martijn Baudoin, 30 meters away

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Obidos medieval festival

B: obidos medieval festival 2

by Studio Mambeau - Martijn Baudoin, 60 meters away

obidos medieval festival

obidos medieval festival 2

C: Castelo de Óbidos

by Sotero Ferreira, 80 meters away

Castelo de Óbidos

D: Obidos

by Willy Kaemena, 90 meters away

Historic Village of Obidos Portugal

Obidos

E: Obidos

by Willy Kaemena, 150 meters away

Historic Village of Obidos Portugal

Obidos

F: Inside St Mary's Church in Obidos, Portugal

by Michael Zander, 210 meters away

Inside St Mary's Church in Obidos, Portugal. A beautifully tiled and painted Church in the old town o...

Inside St Mary's Church in Obidos, Portugal

G: Obidos

by Willy Kaemena, 270 meters away

Historic Village of Obidos Portugal Sept. 2004

Obidos

H: Obidos

by Willy Kaemena, 450 meters away

Historic Village of Obidos Portugal Sep. 2004

Obidos

I: Porta da muralha Óbidos

by Sotero Ferreira, 480 meters away

Porta da muralha Óbidos

J: Our Lord Jesus of the Stone sanctuary, Obidos Portugal

by Studio Mambeau - Martijn Baudoin, 690 meters away

Our Lord Jesus of the Stone sanctuary, Obidos Portugal

Our Lord Jesus of the Stone sanctuary, Obidos Portugal

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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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