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Estonia joined the Euro zone as its newest member on Saturday. The move drew mixed reviews.
The small Baltic state became the first former Soviet bloc country to adopt the currency just after midnight. The country's Prime Minister Andrus Ansip was the first person in the country to withdraw the Euro, officially switching from the Kroon. He withdrew the money from a cash machine in Tallinn, the country's capital.
"This is a really important day for Estonia - to join the Euro zone. I'm happy," he said.
Originally posted by iceblue20-12
I feel sorry for all their sheepish citizens that are now headed for economic doom.
The Euro will not last.
Originally posted by relu84
It's funny (or rather scary) the way this news is being reported in Poland (we do not have Euro yet). Journalists look weird as they are trying so hard to make viewers feel jealous that Estonia did it, and we still did not - we should envy them and do whatever possible to rush our government into accepting Euro as soon as possible.
Slovakia entered the eurozone two years ago - are they happy? Not really. Even some government officials are suggesting a plan b of some sort, to return to their old national currency.edit on 2/1/2011 by relu84 because: (no reason given)