ECB celebrates 10th birthday

The European Central Bank (ECB) reached double digits on Sunday and marked its tenth anniversary with a ceremony and concert on Monday.

At 3.6%, eurozone inflation is now at its highest level since the central bank was founded. But the focus of speeches from the likes of Jean-Claude Trichet, the president of the central bank; Jose Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission; and Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, was very much on the euro's success.

Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, forme