EU member Croatia joins the eurozone
02 January 2023 | 12:16 pm
2023 rings in change for Croatia, with the Balkan country becoming the latest to join the eurozone and the Schengen area. The open borders are welcomed on all sides, but Croatians are wary about the new currency.
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