>>"Sweden to Hold Euro Referndum (and consider whether to be drawn into the United State of European Arrogance and Medicority, Stifle our Individuality, Remove Any Vestage of Our Culture, Walk Lockstep and be Stifled By Germany and France, etc...) who needs the "baggage" of the Euro just to make currency exchange "convenient"??"
Right, 747-451, and then the evil United States of Europe will create a World Government, send black helicopters after us, repeal the Bill of Rights, and force women to have abortions....
Seriously, this is just silly. There are valid arguments, economic and otherwise, for and against the euro, both of which are often presented here on a.net, but your hysterical rant just shows how weak your grasp of modern Europe really is.
A common currency will lead to a removal of "any last vestage of [a European country's] heritage"? That's laughable; Italy has been in the EU for decades, and there's certainly no less Italian culture out there than before. On the contrary, the free flow of people and ideas now enables culture to travel across borders more easily than ever. People in EU member states are, by and large, happy that their countries are members, even though they realize that the EU has its share of problems. Membership has improved people's lives, and that's what counts. If any country's "culture" is defined by its currency, as some inadvertently imply, then that country has major problems.
I also don't agree that the EU will stifle smaller countries at the expense of France and Germany. Sure, those countries have a greater say in running the Union, but it is in their interest for the entire continent to do well. They are not isolated islands; they need other EU members to create a prosperous Europe. And both are modern, admirable countries; constantly fearing their influence, be it political, cultural, or economic, is just as silly as constantly fearing American influence. Just because some countries are more influential doesn't meen that others will be stifled.