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The "European Union (EU) is an "economic and "political union of 28 "member states that are "primarily located in "Europe. The EU operates through a system of "supranational independent institutions and "intergovernmental negotiated decisions by the member states. "Institutions of the EU include the "European Commission, the "Council of the European Union, the "European Council, the "Court of Justice of the European Union, the "European Central Bank, the "Court of Auditors, and the "European Parliament. The European Parliament is elected every five years by "EU citizens.

The EU traces its origins from the "European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) and the "European Economic Community (EEC), formed by the "Inner Six countries in 1951 and 1958, respectively. In the intervening years, the community and its successors have grown in size by "the accession of new member states and in power by the addition of policy areas to its remit. The "Maastricht Treaty established the European Union under its current name in 1993. The latest major amendment to the constitutional basis of the EU, the "Treaty of Lisbon, came into force in 2009.

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"Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany, is a "country in "Central Europe. It is bordered on the north by the "North Sea, "Denmark, and the "Baltic Sea, on the east by "Poland and the "Czech Republic, on the south by "Austria and "Switzerland, and on the west by "France, "Luxembourg, "Belgium and the "Netherlands. Germany is a "democratic parliamentary "federal republic of 16 "states. The country previously consisted of several sovereign states with their own history, culture, and religious affiliation. Germany was first "unified as a "nation-state amidst the "Franco-Prussian War in 1871.

The Federal Republic of Germany is a member state of the "United Nations, "NATO, the "G8 and the "G4 nations, and is a founding member of the "European Union. It has the largest population and largest economy of all European Union member states. Germany is both the world's third largest economy and its largest exporter of goods. Germany is facing major demographic change. Its "fertility rate of 1.39 children per mother is one of the lowest in the world, and the federal statistics office estimates the population will shrink to approximately 75 million by 2050. "Chemnitz is thought to be the city with the lowest birth rate in the world.

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"Zagreb is the "capital and the largest city of the "Croatia. It is located in the northwest of the country, along the "Sava river, at the southern slopes of the "Medvednica mountain. Zagreb lies at an elevation of approximately 122 m "above sea level. In the census of 2011 the population of the city was 790,017.

Zagreb is a city with a rich history dating from the Roman times to the present day. The oldest settlement in the urban area of the city is "Andautonia, a Roman settlement in the place of today's "Ščitarjevo. The name "Zagreb" is mentioned for the first time in 1094 at the founding of the Zagreb diocese of Kaptol, and Zagreb became a free royal town in 1242, whereas the origin of the name still remains a mystery in spite of several theories. In 1851 Zagreb had its first mayor, "Janko Kamauf, and in 1945 it was made the capital of Croatia when the demographic boom and the urban sprawl made the city it's known nowadays.

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