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Thursday, May 11, 2006

What a thilly thong...


Latvia grapples with EU over euro
BBC News
Last Updated: Tuesday, 3 January 2006, 20:14 GMT
The Baltic state of Latvia has stuck its mother tongue out at the European Union by refusing to call the single currency by its official name.
Despite pleas from the European Central Bank to stick to the official "euro" name, Latvia prefers to call the currency the "eiro" instead.
This is because euro is a non-existent word in Latvian.
"The 'eu' dipthong is alien to the Latvian language," says Latvia's education minister Ina Druviete.
BBC News
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