||The European Unions new single currency,
the euro, will replace 11 national currencies on January 1st, 1999. Our weekly series of
eight briefs on the subject examines the historical background to the project, the
economics of the single currency, the European Central Bank, preparations for the
euro, capital markets, the euros international role, its effect on business strategy,
and its political implications.
The Economist's survey
of European Monetary Union (April 11th, 1998),
is also given below. Links to useful websites about the euro are at
the bottom of this page.
The euro has a homepage operated by the European Commission, with reference texts, speeches, statistical indicators ranging from the basic to the abstruse, plus images of euro notes and coins. Documents published by the European Central Bank are available online. EmuNet, a non-profit site, has news and features about the euro, updated daily. European Voice Online, a sister-publication from the Economist Group, has an archive of news and features on the same subject. Fact-sheets about European Monetary Union are available online from the European Parliament's directorate-general for research. A convenient collection of EU publications about monetary union is maintained online by the Eurotext service. Eurosceptical sites abound on the Internet: the Critical European Group at Keele University has many resources and further links.