The euro turns 20 on the 1st of January 2022. It is one of the most ambitious experiments of sovereignty pooling ever attempted, binding 19 countries together. 341 million people use it every day, making it the second most-used currency worldwide. In two decades, it went from zero to the world’s second reserve currency after the Dollar. It is the most tangible child of European integration. But a loved child, it is not. On the eve of its 20th birthday Covid- 19 has magnified its birth defects. It is a half- built house, suffering from constant tension between the collective interest of those who share it and their national interests. The magnitude of this crisis is forcing a countdown to a moment of truth.
Award-winning Italian-British film director and journalist Annalisa Piras tells the story of the Euro from the perspective of their creators, but not without analyzing the flaws, defects, missed opportunities and dangers for the future. She paints the most complete picture ever made of something that is more than a currency, but a symbol for unity and peace for some, and a curse for others.
“The Euro Story” on Tuesday, 16th of November 2021 on arte TV and in the arte Mediathek!