Tide turns for euro as eurozone economy looks set to pick up

The euro’s stagnant start to the year might be ending as signs emerge that Europe’s economic growth is reviving.

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May's Brexit request drags sterling lower on fears of British political fallout

Sterling slid against the euro as the request by Prime Minister Theresa May for a Brexit extension increased market tension over the latest drama in British politics.

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Ship taken back from migrants after Med hijack arrives in Malta

A Maltese special forces team had boarded the Turkish oil tanker, returning control to the captain, who sailed to Malta under military escort.

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Shares and euro fall as EU warns of ‘substantial’ risks

European shares and the euro fell as the EU cut back its growth outlook, citing “substantial” risks from trade wars, a slowing Chinese economy, and the uncertainty of Brexit.

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The foundations for the euro were set 20 years ago this week. But I fear that the project would not survive any new crisis

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the start of EMU--the European Economic and Monetary Union.

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Italy’s cost of borrowing for 10 years climbs to 3.4%

Italy’s 10-year borrowing costs hit its highest level since March 2014 after a senior official of the ruling League party said most of the country’s problems would be solved if it returned to its own currency.

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Italy and Spain see growth falter amid overall eurozone rise

The 19-country eurozone economy continued to grow at a solid rate during August despite sharp slowdowns in Italy and Spain, figures show.

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Italy vows to veto EU budget over migrant funds row

Italy will start the process of opposing the EU’s next budget after the bloc’s member states failed to follow through on a deal reached in June for handling the flood of migrants, deputy prime minister Luigi Di Maio said.

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Investors hedge against euro falls

US investors spooked by the caving euro are getting their hedges on the currency.

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Eurozone growth steady but political risks still remain

Today sees the release of the first estimate of eurozone GDP figures for the second quarter of the year.

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Eurozone growth to fuel debate on timing of rate rise

The US and eurozone economies remain a world apart and growth data due in the coming days will only highlight the widening gap, suggesting that monetary policy will continue to move in opposing directions on the two sides of the Atlantic.

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Can the euro be saved?

Across the eurozone, political leaders are entering a state of paralysis: Citizens want to remain in the EU, but they also want an end to austerity and the return of prosperity. So long as Germany tells them they can’t have both, there can be only one outcome: More pain, more suffering, more unemployment, and even slower growth, writes Joseph E Stiglitz.

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Financial turmoil engulfs Italy amid political uncertainty

Financial markets in Italy have plunged amid fears that the eurozone's third-largest economy is heading towards another election that could shape up to be a referendum on whether to stay in the euro.

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Central Bank may stop printing euro notes

The Central Bank could stop printing euro banknotes here as part of a strategic review.

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Bank of Spain warns Catalonia that independence would mean euro exit

Spain’s central bank says Catalonia would be automatically ejected from the European Union and the eurozone if it were to declare independence.

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Clegg warns of chain reaction' if Greece exits euro

Greek exit from the euro could set off a "chain reaction of uncertainty" which would result in a "grinding slowdown in economic activity" across Europe, Deputy British Prime Minister Nick Clegg has warned.

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Euro under pressure in Asian markets

The euro fell in Asian trade today as investors grew concerned over a yet-to-be-agreed deal to give much-needed bailout cash to Greece.

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Gilmore: No decision yet on need for treaty referendum

It is too early to decide whether Ireland will need to hold a referendum on the proposed new EU treaty, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said today.

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Troubled euro currency marks 10th anniversary

Europe's single currency marks its 10th anniversary this weekend under increasing market pressure and with its future in serious doubt.

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Juncker hits out at 'stupid' reports of Greece considering euro exit

Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean Claude Juncker has branded German magazine reports that Greece is considering leaving the euro as "stupid".

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Most irish people support retaining euro currency, says survey

A new report shows that Irish people are still enthusiastic about retaining the Euro currency.

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Euro a 'credible' currency, says ECB chief

The euro remains a "credible" currency despite the debt crisis that has required the bail-outs of Ireland and Greece, the European Central Bank's chief says.

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Keane brings Ireland level for first half

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Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane scored the 32nd goal of his international career to draw his side level at the interval in their European Championship qualifier with Wales.

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Swedish premier's job on line after Euro defeat

Swedish Prime Minister Goeran Persson’s future was on the line today after his humiliating defeat in the euro referendum.

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Sweden counts cost of "No" vote

Sweden's currency has fallen in the wake of its decision to reject the euro. Meanwhile, the European Commission warned the country it could be frozen out of EU decision-making.

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British euro opponents cheer Sweden's 'No' vote

Opponents of British entry into the European single currency were today celebrating a decisive Swedish vote to reject the euro.

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Blair and Brown in euro push

British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Chancellor Gordon Brown were today combining to launch what is expected to be a long-running campaign to promote a “pro-European consensus” in the UK.

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Sweden sets euro referendum date

Sweden will hold a referendum in September to decide whether to adopt the euro as its currency, the country’s political leaders decided today.

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Greeks boycott shops in euro protest

Greek consumers, hit by price increases since the introduction of the euro at the beginning of the year, struck back on today, boycotting shops in protest.

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Euro 'bound to fail' - Thatcher

The European single currency is destined to fail and Britain should never join, Margaret Thatcher has argued.

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Ahern spends last punt on a bet

Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and a senior cabinet colleague waved goodbye to the punt today - with a punt.

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Euro changeover enters final week

The massive operation to take the punt out of circulation is entering its final week with the currency set to become void on Saturday.

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British businessmen urged to back euro

British manufacturing is in ‘‘meltdown’’ and urgently needs the shot in the arm which membership of the European single currency would represent, a senior union leader declared today.

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Forged euro coin found in Co Monaghan

Gardai have discovered a forged €1 coin at a shop in Castleblaney, Co Monaghan, today.

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Euro forum to hit the road

The Government’s bid to explain the meaning of the European Union moves out of central Dublin this week.

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200 and 500 euro notes hit the streets

The Central Bank has begun to release 200 and 500 euro notes into circulation.

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UK business leaders call for early euro entry

Britain faces ‘‘slow economic decline’’ if it does not join the euro soon, a group of business leaders warned tonight.

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Euro to be dominant currency by tomorrow

The euro is expected to replace the punt as the dominant currency in Ireland tomorrow.

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Minor shortage of euro takes EU officials by surprise

Officials from the European Union have warned retailers across the EU that there are mounting problems providing change in the new euro currency.

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Euro spending to go ahead of punt this weekend

A sharp rise in the number of people using the euro is expected today as crowds return to the streets for the first busy shopping day of the New Year.

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Businesses remain on bogus Euro alert

Gardai are warning businesses to remain on alert this morning for counterfeit euro banknotes despite two forgeries being found to be genuine.

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Forged euro notes are genuine

The two euro notes believed to be forgeries in Co Cavan have been identified as genuine by gardai.

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Consumer association criticises Bank of Ireland

The Bank of Ireland has been criticised by the Consumer Association for its handling of changing Irish punts to euro.

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Forged note 'could be one of many'

A counterfeit euro bank note discovered in the Irish Republic could be just one of many, gardai warned today.

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Forged €5 and €10 notes passed in Co Cavan

Two more forged euro notes have been discovered in the small town of Bailieboro in Co Cavan.

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Warning after forged euro note found

A counterfeit euro bank note discovered in Ireland could be just one of many, police warned today.

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King's image makes Euro coin land heads up

Belgian euro coins are more likely to land heads up when flipped, according to new research.

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Euro changeover continues to defy expectations

The Central Bank and the Euro Changeover Board expect most cash transactions throughout Ireland to be carried out in euro by tomorrow.

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Fake euro found in Co Kildare

The country's first fake euro note has been discovered in Co Kildare.

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Italy strains in euro conversion

Italy is struggling to embrace the euro as long queues form outside banks, stations and post offices, with citizens complaining about a shortage of coins.

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Blair backs euro

British Prime Minister Tony Blair has strongly endorsed the euro and warned the British people they would be "very foolish" to run away from the single currency now that it is a reality.

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Ahern pledges backing to EU

An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern said today that Ireland would play its part in making the European Union "the most dynamic and knowledge-based economy in the world".

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Three euro heists take place in Italy

Armed bandits staged three separate euro robberies in Italy today, but police caught one gang and recovered their 95,000 euro haul.

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Forged €50 note found in Germany

German police have recovered a forged €50 note just two days after the single currency was introduced in 12 European countries.

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Euros are machine washable, drip dry, non-Iron

Euro notes can be boil washed, spun dry but never ironed according to "everyday stress tests".

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Punt shortage predicted

Up to £50m in punts is about to disappear as people keep notes and coins as keepsakes.

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Central bank 'unlikely to touch interest rates'

With attention focused on the launch of euro cash, the European Central Bank is today expected to avoid further excitement and leave key interest rates unchanged for the 12 countries using the new currency, economists say.

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Second euro robbery in Ireland

It has been revealed that there has been a second robbery of the euro currency in this country.

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First euro raid in Ireland

Robbers have carried out the first euro raid in this country.

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Euro facing first true test in Ireland

Government ministers were breathing sighs of relief today after a so-smooth launch of the euro currency.

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