Common currency change could cause continent chaos

EUROPE - The manner of the euro's introduction on 1 January 2002 will shape perceptions of it across europe. Many fear that the replacement of national currencies with euro notes and coins is going to be costly and chaotic.

The biggest challenge to the introduction of the euro will be to get people to think of values in euros and to build up quickly the natural defences against overcharging and wrong change.

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