The euro is the official currency of the eurozone, which consists of 19 of the 28 EU member states. It is the second-largest reserve currency in the world after the US dollar.
Since 1999, the euro has been used as an accounting currency in global financial markets. Physical euro coins and banknotes entered into circulation in 2002. In 2009, the euro has become immersed in Europe's sovereign debt crisis which forced the eurozone to adopt a raft of reforms to stabilize the currency.
Goals either side of the half-time break from Max Meyer and Serge Gnabry helped Horst Hrubesch's side to the first three points of the tournament. Germany will take on Denmark in their second group game on Wednesday.
Helmut Kohl, who died today aged 87, leaves behind an economic legacy which was, at times, controversial. He's respected as the father of the European Union and the common currency, the euro. However, his handling of the reunification of Germany was contentious, especially for East Germans who say mass unemployment and economic hardship.