Euro or euras?

Algirdas Brazauskas, the Lithuanian prime minister, has criticised the EU's demand that the single currency be called the euro, not the euras, as it is known in Vilnius.

"The term euro is unacceptable to the Lithuanian language," Brazauskas bristles in a letter to Jan Peter Balkenende, the Dutch PM and holder of the rotating EU presidency.

How come? "It would be totally incongruous with the unique noun inflection system that has been inherited from the proto-Indo-European language and preserved

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