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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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The "Maserati MC12 is a "grand tourer produced by "Maserati to allow a racing variant to compete in the "FIA GT Championship. The car entered production in 2004 with 25 cars produced. A further 25 were produced in 2005 making a total of 50 cars available for customers, all of which were pre-sold for "600 000. Maserati designed and built the car on the "chassis of the "Enzo Ferrari but the final car is much larger. The MC12 is longer, wider and taller than the Enzo Ferrari, however the Enzo has faster acceleration and a higher top speed.

The MC12 was developed to signal Maserati's return to racing after 37 years. The road version was produced to "homologate the race version. One of the requirements for participation in the FIA GT is the production of at least 25 road cars. Three GT1 "race cars were entered into the FIA GT with great success. Maserati began racing the MC12 in the FIA GT toward the end of the 2004 season, achieving a victory at the "Zhuhai International Circuit.

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"Bratislava is the "capital of "Slovakia and the country's largest city, with a population of some 450,000. Bratislava is the political, cultural and economic centre of Slovakia. It is the seat of the Slovak presidency, "parliament and government as well as home to several universities, museums, theatres, galleries and other national economic, cultural and educational institutions. Most of Slovakia's large businesses and financial institutions have their headquarters in Bratislava. The city's past has been characterized by the strong influence of various peoples, including "Slovaks, "Germans, "Hungarians, "Czechs, "Austrians and "Jews. Bratislava still retains its cosmopolitan spirit. It hosts many festivals and trade shows and it is famous for its night life and leisure facilities.
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