Rotterdam Europoort Industries
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Rotterdam Europoort Industries

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A: Rotterdam Maasvlakte 2 Expocenter Futureland

by Henk van den Berg, 2.3 km away

Rotterdam Maasvlakte 2 Expocenter Futureland

B: Power Mast Maasvlakte Rotterdam Europoort

by Henk van den Berg, 2.5 km away

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C: Maasvlakte Antarcticaweg

by Henk van den Berg, 3.0 km away

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D: Lookout post Maasvlakte Rotterdam

by Henk van den Berg, 3.3 km away

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E: Rotterdam Maasvlakte Slufter Strand

by Henk van den Berg, 3.4 km away

Rotterdam Maasvlakte Slufter Strand

F: Maasvlakte Slufter

by Henk van den Berg, 3.5 km away

Maasvlakte Slufter

G: LighthouseOostvoornse Meer

by Mark de Graaf, 3.5 km away

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H: Rotterdam Maasvlakte Slag Maasmond

by Henk van den Berg, 4.6 km away

Rotterdam Maasvlakte Slag Maasmond

I: Rotterdam Maasvlakte Slag Maasmond

by Henk van den Berg, 4.6 km away

Rotterdam Maasvlakte Slag Maasmond

J: Rotterdam Maasvlakte Slag Maasmond

by Jaap Kluiver, 4.7 km away

Photo made at entrance of the Rotterdam harbour

Rotterdam Maasvlakte Slag Maasmond

This panorama was taken in Netherlands, 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. 

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