Ten years ago, Europe launched its grand experiment with a shared currency -- and watched it plunge in value before recovering.
As the anniversary of the euro, launched in January 1, 1999, approaches, economists say the new currency is finally fulfilling its promise as a way to lower borrowing costs, ease trade and tourism, boost growth and strengthen the European community.
And doing it amid a global financial crisis that, for the moment, underlines the safety in numbers that comes from joining one, big currency.
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