Brussels more confident of successful euro switch

EUROPE - With euro notes and coins less than 50 days away, the European Commission yesterday expressed optimism about a successful changeover from national currencies. The latest monthly Eurobarometer survey registered growing understanding of the single currency and a first fall in fears of euro-induced price rises.

"We can feel confident we have won the battle for a smooth changeover and will definitely have the situation under control by the second or third week of January," said Gerassimos

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