In secretive vaults in Rome, crisp 100 and 200 euro banknotes are rolling off the printing press.
Spain’s World Cup roller-coaster ride finally ground to a halt and the finger-pointing began after their third failure.
France’s rail says that the rolling strikes had already cost it around 100 million euros.
Sterling pushed to its best level against the euro since Feb. 28, rising 0.2 percent to 87.95 pence per euro.
German business confidence fell more than expected while remaining at a high level.
The dollar hit a 15-month low against the yen and fell versus the euro.
Italy’s main opposition parties are replacing their calls to leave the euro with less radical proposals to flank it with a new currency.
The euro’s gains prompt world’s biggest money managers to view European debt favourably.
The year’s best performing currency against the dollar could retreat from shrinking interest-rates and weighty bets on the single currency.
The euro hit an almost two-year high against the dollar, largely shrugging off data showing euro zone business growth slowed.