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Currency Event

The euro makes headlines.

This story appears in the March 1998 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

The final announcement is only two months away: Which member countries of the (EU) will formally adopt the new, singular currency system known as the euro? At press time, all countries had confirmed except and the .

The familiar attitudes behind this monumental transformation range from pro (it will bring monetary stability and simplify taxes between the nations) to con (it will result in real-wage reductions and inhibit a smoothly functioning labor market). Despite that, the changeover is set to go. Next up? On January 1, 1999, all participating countries will officially adopt the euro and jointly embrace the European Central Bank as their sole monetary authority. Of course, full integration is not expected for a few years.

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