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Latvia Caps Years of Austerity with Eurozone Membership

Latvia joins the eurozone on Wednesday, banking on its experience of self-imposed austerity to bring it prosperity in a currency union where other economies have floundered. The Baltic country of just two million people was set to become the bloc's 18th member at midnight (2200 GMT), taking a step further out of the shadow of neighboring Russia a decade after joining the European Union and NATO. The euro, which was launched 15 years ago, will now be the official currency of 333...

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