Currency: Euro-Division?

With the E.U. constitution's fate in doubt, the single monetary unit may be in trouble too

Judging by the way the Euro has tumbled on currency markets in the past few weeks, you might think that voters in France and the Netherlands had rejected the six-year-old European currency rather than the planned new European Union constitution. Propelling the decline was a report--quickly denied--in the German newsmagazine Stern that at a meeting in late May, Finance Minister Hans Eichel and Axel Weber, head of the German central bank, had discussed the prospect of dissolving Europe's monetary union. Weber dismissed the report as "absurd," and most market watchers and economists agreed. "The talk will continue for a week or two, then...

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