Germany is the most populous country in the eurozone, France the largest by surface area. The eurozone currency union currently has 19 memeber counries. Berlin's Euro policy has far-reaching implications.
The current Eurozone members are: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain. The estimated population of the euro-area exceeds 300 million people. This pages collates DW's most recent content pertaining to the eurozone.
ECB President Mario Draghi confirmed the details of the EU's version of Quantitative Easing at a policy meeting held in Cyprus. The massive asset purchase program will begin on Monday. Draghi hopes it will stimulate the Eurozone economy by getting individuals to spend and businesses to invest, and stave off a deflationary spiral.
With unemployment in Europe's southern countries still at dizzying levels, young workers have been moving to Germany to try their luck. German companies, smarting from a severe labor shortage, welcome the new arrivals. Leipzig's Chamber of Commerce has been training apprentices from Spain for two years - and says the program is working.