Symbolizing change and adaptability…

Symbolizing change and adaptability, this laterna player in Athens has festooned his perambulating music box with Europe’s new single currency, the euro. The laterna is one of a handful of survivors in Greece. In their mid-19th century heyday, there were about 90,000 laternes in the broader region. On a more modern note, almost all of Greece’s 4,000 ATMs were yesterday handing out euro notes. On the first full day of business, customers and employees of shops and banks were quickly adapting to the new currency, despite long queues in many instances. The deadline for the government to reach agreement with IAS is January 31.

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