introduction of the Euro in Holland, caused the prices to go up quickly
Same in Ireland.
Before friends would drive to Slovakia and fill their cars full of alcohol, in the doors of their car etc... because it was so cheap there.
Now, after Slovakia has joined the Euro, the Slovakians are all coming here to shop because it is much cheaper.
It should be noted that the Zlopty did drop about 20% against the Euro.
And that the credit crunch came in at the same time Slovakia joined the Euro currency.
So it is not as clear cut as I first stated.
I would like one currency all over Europe.
When I was in Ireland I did not feel part of the E.U. until the Euro currency came in.
There is a feeling of "us"(Poland) and "them"(E.U.) here in Poland.
When the Euro becomes used in day to day transactions, there is a psychological change.
Also it makes it easier to travel and you don't feel like you are being ripped off.
P.S. the Dutch Guilder was the greatest looking currency I had ever seen :)