Relaxing at the Danube
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Relaxing at the Danube

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Nearby images in Bulgaria


A: ruse

by Asen Asenov, 570 meters away

Ruse center at night


B: Statue of Freedom in Rousse

by Dimitar Torbov, 580 meters away

Statue of Freedom in Rousse

C: river station Rousse

by Asen Asenov, 670 meters away

river station Rousse

river station Rousse

D: залез край дунава

by Asen Asenov, 940 meters away

sunset near the Danube

залез край дунава

E: залез край дунава

by Asen Asenov, 950 meters away

sunset near the Danube

залез край дунава

F: link

by Asen Asenov, 1.0 km away

Office Link EOOD


G: link

by Asen Asenov, 1.0 km away

Office Link EOOD


H: Mosque "Said Pasha"

by Asen Asenov, 1.3 km away

Джамията "Саид паша" в Русе

Mosque "Said Pasha"

I: Ruse Borisova Street

by Asen Asenov, 1.7 km away

Ruse Borisova Street

Ruse Borisova Street

J: Romania Giorgiu Motel "Prietenie"

by Сергей Перцев, 6.6 km away

Romania Giorgiu Motel "Prietenie"

This panorama was taken in Bulgaria, 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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