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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.
Italy's third largest bank, Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, is struggling with billions of euros in non-recoverable loans and is on the verge of collapse. As Angelo van Schaik reports from Siena, that's not just bad news for the country and its banking system, but also for the entire eurozone.
Brexit has dominated the European economic news in recent months, but last year it was Grexit - the fear that the EU's most vulnerable and debt-laden country, Greece, would be forced out of the eurozone. Correspondent Stephen Beard returns to Athens to check in with some of the embattled locals he met last summer.
Europe has hardly had time to catch its breath since the Brexit result. But it could be about to plunge headlong into its next crisis. Now the potential trouble is coming from Italy, where the banking system is in trouble. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is considering using public funding to help the banking sector. But that would be against EU rules. Andreas Becker from the Business Desk explains.