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The single currency has been called both Europe's greatest achievement and biggest blunder. The changeover went without a hitch, but then the euro faced a difficult time on the financial markets.

BBC News Online provides a guide to the issues surrounding the launch of Europe's Economic and Monetary Union.



Clickable map of Euroland Euro cash - the new euro currency in pictures What does it mean to you? Euro facts - facts, figures in interactive presentations


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