Europeans not sold on euro

29th January 2007, Comments 0 comments

LONDON, Jan 29, 2007 (AFP) - A majority of citizens living in the four biggest countries using the euro prefer their former national currencies, according to a survey published in the Financial Times on Monday.

LONDON, Jan 29, 2007 (AFP) - A majority of citizens living in the four biggest countries using the euro prefer their former national currencies, according to a survey published in the Financial Times on Monday.

The poll, conducted by Harris Interactive, found that more than two-thirds of the French, Italians and Spaniards, along with a majority of Germans, said the euro has had a "negative effect" on their country's economy.

Although just five percent of French respondents also said the common currency has had a positive impact on the wider euro-region economy, the majority of Germans, Italians and Spaniards said it had.

Four years after euros went into circulation, more than half of those in the four countries surveyed preferred their previous currencies, with nearly two-thirds of Germans saying they preferred the Deutsche Mark.

Harris Interactive conducted the poll between January 10 and 22.

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