Euro currency turns 10; seen as fulfilling promise (AP)

In this Sept. 24, 2007 file picture, the Euro sculpture, the autumnal sun, is seen in front of the European Central Bank ECB building, background, in Frankfurt, Germany. Ten years ago, Europe launched its grand experiment with a shared currency and watched it plunge so far it needed a bailout from central banks. But as the anniversary approaches of the Jan. 1, 1999, arrival of the euro, economists say the new currency is finally fulfilling its promise as a way to lower borrowing costs, ease trade and tourism, boost growth and strengthen the European community. (AP Photo/Bernd Kammerer, File)AP – Ten years ago, Europe launched its grand experiment with a shared currency — and watched it plunge in value before recovering.

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