Euro members told not to over inflate accounts

GERMANY - European countries which have ditched their national currencies in favour of the euro have been told they cannot use unreturned national cash to improve their budgets.

Eurostat's decision effectively outlaws any massaging of the euro members' national accounts which would have either reduced their budget deficits or boosted their surpluses. The decision has annoyed some eurozone countries.

Ireland, for one, had hoped to take advantage of a windfall which has arisen because some of th