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Printing the new drachma: the messy future of a post-euro Greece

It would be complicated because the transition would have to happen fast, with little planning

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Greek bank customers queuing at an ATM late last month. Speaking from his experience in Croatia in 1993, a central bank authority said the most challenging thing is to establish efficient distribution and to make sure the new currency is available everywhere.

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INTRODUCING a new currency is no small feat. Recent cases - East Germany's adoption of the deutsche mark, the Czech-Slovak divorce of 1993, and the creation of the euro itself - benefited from years of careful planning and broad popular support. If Greece were to abandon the euro,...

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