Whether you´re a Eurolander, other European, Asian, American or whatever:
what do you think of our (meaning me and my Eurolandish compatriots ) new currency? Which impact does it have on your everyday live, which one will it have? Do you think it´s a good thing, what about your country staying out of it (yes, this means YOU, Swedes, Danes and Brits).
Just share your thoughts!
OO-VEG From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 1111 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (13 years 9 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2226 times:
Well, I have mixed feelings about the Euro.
It is not very nice to see my own currency (the Dutch guilder) go away but we get a nice currency back.
I live closeby the German and Belgian border. It will be a lot easier to compare prices in those countries and changing money is not necessary. But on the other hand, in most german shops closeby the border they accept guilders because the huge amount of Dutch people who come to do their shopping there, and they even have Dutch-speaking personell at fuel stations as fuel is much cheaper in germany than in the Netherlands.
TWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (13 years 9 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2224 times:
I think it's great. I think it will help Europe in many ways, most notably economically. I think it will be an important tool in ensuring European stability and peace. As an American, it will certainly be great to be able to go all over the continent and use one currency.
Don't worry OO-VEG, you will be no less Dutch because of the Euro, but you will be a little more European.
Trvlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4430 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (13 years 9 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2205 times:
I think it will be great for Europe. The slump in the markets was pretty much expected, but now its pretty close to the value of the dollar. It will certainly help trade between European Nations, and could probably become an influential currency in North Africa, the Balkans, and the Caucases, where economic or political problems have killed the local money.
Sccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5555 posts, RR: 28
Reply 4, posted (13 years 9 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2201 times:
On its introduction, there were some significant doom and gloom predictions of the Euro purporting to challenge the Dollar as a the dominant world currency... and it may yet do so, but I doubt it.
But it is (on balance) a very good thing, in that it will promote greater market efficiency in Europe, and simplify transactions between European countries and the rest of the world (like Great Britain!).
By the way, I recently heard someone say something that was, at once, both logical and contradictory.
It was said: "English has become the Lingua Franca of business."
What a yuk.
...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...
N863DA From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 48 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (13 years 9 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2202 times:
While it is good I am sure for France, Germany etc. and the rest of continental Europe, it's not neccessarily a good thing for Great Britain.
Britain's economic system is different from Europe's and more akin to the United States - perhaps a happy medium in between the two kinds of system. Either way, to join the Euro, Britain would have to significantly adjust just about everything about its Economic system... in some way or other.
The British also see it as a loss of Sovereignty. Something, I am afraid, I think I agree with. There is no question of smaller nations such as Canada and Australia joining such a scheme, so their argument is why should they?
Also, Britain has a lot to lose in its Commonwealth (what's left of it) if they join the Euro as they distance themselves yet further from South Africa, Australia, NZ, Canada, Kenya and other commonwealth countries (if there are any more any more...).
Also, Britain has slightly lower taxes in most *I stress most* areas and thus might not fit too well. I agree that I am coming from an anti-Europe point of view, but all I wish is for the UK (but no longer 'United' thanks to Blair's devolution, with Scotland having a parliament of its own and Wales having its own 'assembly') to join NAFTA. But I realize that it's not going to happen and so perhaps you should remember the phrase: IN EUROPE NOT RUN BY EUROPE.
CleCo From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 569 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (13 years 9 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2190 times:
The Euro is a bloodless way of working towards what has been sought after for many hundreds of years, a centralized Europe. After reading about things like the war of spanish succession and the Spanish Armada and things of the such, I must agree it is an excellent idea, it may lead to a very strong rise for Europe.
Corey777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 9 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2185 times:
I think the Euro is a good step towards a more unified European community, which will help in international relations and trade. I almost wouldn't be surprised if the USA and Canada tried a similar common monetary unit. (called the "America" maybe? )
Steman From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 1394 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (13 years 9 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2180 times:
I think Euro is a very good thing for EU especially for those Counties whose economy is not so healthy, like mine, Italy.
Euro has a great potential inside and it could become really as powerful as the US Dollar but untill the European Members won't realize that they have to act as one Country and to put Europe ahead of their national feelings, weel, Euro will just be a simple way of calculate how big is the dollar in all the 11 Countries.