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Belgium uses half-measures to circumvent French veto on Waterloo coin

Belgium has come up with a way to circumvent French opposition to a commemorative 2 euro coin celebrating the Battle of Waterloo. Instead its minting

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Belgium uses half-measures to circumvent French veto on Waterloo coin

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Belgium has come up with a way to circumvent French opposition to a commemorative 2 euro coin celebrating the Battle of Waterloo.

Instead its minting a 2.5 euro coin which will not be legal tender in the eurozone.

Back in March Paris objected on the grounds that glorifying a time of conflict ran counter to efforts to foster European unity.

The 19 countries using the euro, use their own national design on one side of the coins. They may also mint special editions of the largest 2-euro, but these designs must by approved by the Council of EU Ministers.

The new coin is virtually the same as the one France opposed and represents the Anglo-Dutch-German victory over Napoleon outside Brussels on June 18, 1815.