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.
Migrants have long used France as a jumping-off point to get to the UK, mostly by trucks travelling from Calais via ferry or through the Euro tunnel. But now truck parking areas are monitored around the clock, so migrants are looking for new ways to cross the English Channel. More and more are choosing to go by boat - a dangerous venture that France and Britain are working together to prevent.
A European Union upheld a complaint by city authorities in Paris, Brussels and Madrid against an EU rule change on vehicle emission levels. The General Court decides that emission levels for nitrogen oxides set by the Commission are too high.