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Euro launched, not many dead

Journalists are unimaginative beasts. So it was that on E-Day, 1st January, half the Brussels press corps seemed to have the same bright idea of heading for Maastricht to see in the new currency. After all, it was the Maastricht Treaty which gave birth to the currency. Sadly, on a freezing new year’s day, most normal people huddle indoors nursing their hangovers and the only thing that appeared to be open in the little Dutch town was a doughnut stall in the central square. Frost-bitten journalists huddled round, buying pastries with their new euros and…

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