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Slovaks greet euro news with apprehension and pride

“It will be quite difficult for those of us who have already retired. I’ll get what, 200 euros ($309)? How much is that?” said Gabriela Burčinová, 73, talking about next January, when she will start getting her monthly pension in euros instead of Slovak crowns, the Reuters news agency reported. “Prices are still going up, energy, gas, food, rent: one has to pay for it all. I'm not overjoyed,” the pensioner from the small eastern Slovak town of Humenné said.

“It will be quite difficult for those of us who have already retired. I’ll get what, 200 euros ($309)? How much is that?” said Gabriela Burčinová, 73, talking about next January, when she will start getting her monthly pension in euros instead of Slovak crowns, the Reuters news agency reported. “Prices are still going up, energy, gas, food, rent: one has to pay for it all. I'm not overjoyed,” the pensioner from the small eastern Slovak town of Humenné said.

By contrast, Ulrika Balková beamed with pride on May 7 when she learned she would soon be handling euros, not crowns, in the bar she manages in Slovakia’s capital. “I'm proud, because this is a sign that Slovakia is joining a group of developed states,” said Balková, 25, adding: “There are practical advantages too, like we will not have to exchange money when we go on holiday to Greece.”

“I am worried because I don't understand it that well," said Mária Čonková, 38, a cook in Bratislava. “And, I'm also worried about where prices will go.” Reuters
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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