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Latvia Becomes 18th Country to Adopt Euro

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Latvia ushered in the new year as the newest and 18th member of the eurozone. The euro became Latvia's official currency Wednesday as New Year's fireworks exploded in the skies over the capital, Riga.Latvia's acting prime minister, Valdis Dombrovskis, who led his country through its worst economic crisis since it left the former Soviet Union in the early 1990s, said the move was an opportunity, but not a guarantee of wealth.Latvia's economy shrank by a quarter during...

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