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.
Greece dominated the G7 finance minister meeting in Dresden despite not even being officially on the agenda. Athens is still hoping to get another lifeline by Sunday. But the head of the IMF, Christine Lagarde, has warned that a new bailout deal for Athens is not yet within reach.
Data released Wednesday showed GDP in the 19-member euro area rose zero point four percent quarter on quarter in the first quarter. That's the strongest since 2013 - and this time expansion in France and Italy provided the boost. Germany on the other hand, lost some momentum. After a round-up, we ask Jens Korte in New York what Wall Street thinks about the eurozone growing faster than the US.
Eurozone finance ministers held talks in Brussels on Monday over Greece's bailout program. They've given Athens until the end of June to come up with a plan to reform its economy, in return for more cash. Athens is struggling with its massive debt and with its promise to end austerity. The nation is divided over the best way forward.