Euro lessens Emu dependence on US - BoF Trichet

Europe's economy has become less dependent on U.S. developments since the launch of the euro in January 1999, Bank of France Governor Jean-Claude Trichet, a member of the European Central Bank's (ECB) Governing Council, said in an interview published Dec 22.

"It is used to be the said that when the U.S. caught a cold, Europe got pneumonia," Trichet told German business daily Handelsblatt. "Those times are over." "With 300 millions consumers the European common market has reached a critical mas