Dorfplatz in Escholzmatt
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Dorfplatz in Escholzmatt

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A: Mettlen

by Benedikt Meier, 120 meters away

Mettlen

B: secondary school

by Benedikt Meier, 140 meters away

secondary school

C: Some important buildings in Escholzmatt

by Benedikt Meier, 240 meters away

Some important buildings in Escholzmatt

D: northern part of the village

by Benedikt Meier, 260 meters away

northern part of the village

E: Lindenhügel

by Benedikt Meier, 270 meters away

Lindenhügel

F: Fabrics in Escholzmatt

by Benedikt Meier, 610 meters away

Fabrics in Escholzmatt

G: On a hill beside Escholzmatt

by Benedikt Meier, 680 meters away

On a hill beside Escholzmatt

H: Alpabfahrt in Schüpfheim, Switzerland

by Johan Offermans & Karl Overholt, 7.4 km away

Panorama taken at the 10th annual Entlebucher Alpabfahrt (Descent from the Alps) at the end of Septem...

Alpabfahrt in Schüpfheim, Switzerland

I: Hängelenflüh (Napf, Bern)

by Dimitri Gerster, 7.4 km away

It's almost family tradition spending the christmas days with my family in a cottage in the Napf regi...

Hängelenflüh (Napf, Bern)

J: Cows Homecoming to Schüpfheim

by Johan Offermans & Karl Overholt, 7.5 km away

Panorama taken at the 10th annual Entlebucher Alpabfahrt (Descent from the Alps) at the end of Septem...

Cows Homecoming to Schüpfheim

This panorama was taken in Switzerland, 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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