EUROPE - At the 11th hour, the governing council of the European Central Bank, has agreed a deal on how to share out the seigniorage profits of the euro. On December 6th - almost its last formal decision before the introduction of the new currency - the ECB released details of a complex formula designed to avoid large seigniorage transfers. The deal, however, runs out at the end of 2007, after which Germany's share of European seigniorage earnings will have fallen significantly.
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