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Happy 15th birthday, Euro: key things to know

The euro, used by nearly 340 million people each day, celebrates its 15th birthday on Sunday. Like a teenager in the throes of adolescence, the euro has lurched from crisis to crisis in recent years, but still manages to enjoy firm support across the 19-member area -- especially among a new generation who have never known any other currency. Here is a snapshot of some key points and memorable moments in the life of the euro: Birth of a currency The euro was launched on January 1, 1999, initially existing only as…