Without the Internet, it'd be almost impossible to follow the manifold implications of the euro.
Euro-related economic data, opinion, academic studies, news stories, stock and bond prices -- they're all available on the Web.
The easiest English-language places to follow day-to-day
developments are the Web sites for the British newspapers, whose coverage is informed and often feisty.
The Daily Telegraph
take a more euroskeptical stance and are therefore good sources for identifying fault lines that may be opening up among EU members.
opinion section of the
is the crucible for many of the U.K.'s most trenchant anti-Brussels thinkers. Influential euroskeptic columnists include the
Not all British newspapers take such an antagonistic approach to Europe. The
does a nice job of pursuing a broadly pro-EU viewpoint while at the same time criticizing developments it feels could hurt the region's business environment. Its most outspoken -- and eloquent -- commentators on European affairs are
, is a must-read for goings-on in the new
European Central Bank
are other quality pro-Europe U.K. newspapers.
Several British magazines' sites are also worth stopping by regularly.
(a paid subscription is necessary to access the whole magazine online) always contains a wealth of material on Europe. And thought-provoking pieces on the region can often be found in less well-known U.K. publications like
London Review of Books
Several useful Web sites have been set up to focus solely on
Economic and Monetary Union
. By far the best is
EmuNet. This site carries an extensive glossary, a list of recent news stories updated daily, a wide selection of statistics and a well-attended forum page, where key EMU issues are debated.
Polis is also worth visiting regularly. Its European political
calendar of upcoming European political events is indispensable.
Euronet has a lot of good resources. And the
also has some neat EU-specific
pages. The U.K.'s euroskeptic
has its own
Web site on which anti-EU resources are listed.
Euro-related market data and economic analysis are also there in cyberspace.
Morgan Stanley Dean Witter's
Global Economic Forum, updated every weekday, nearly always contains insightful comments from the firm's European economists. Investment bank
Dresdner Kleinwort Benson
makes a broad array of up-to-date euro statistics available on its
Global Strategy notes often touch on Europe, as does
briefing on currency and bond markets.
When it comes to European stock and bond information, the
site has the best
Yahoo! also has a range of comprehensive sites covering many individual European countries and markets.
Interactive investor not only gives stock prices for London, Paris and Frankfurt equities, it also allows users to build historical share-price graphs in its quotes pages.
Important official Web sites include those belonging to the
European Central Bank and the
European Union, which has some attractive and easily downloadable
images of the euro coins and notes. European central banks and finance ministries also have their own sites.
Finally, think tanks and international organizations: The
Royal Institute of International Affairs,
Bank for International Settlements,
Adam Smith Institute and the
International Monetary Fund all have Web sites that contain useful EU-related material.
This story was originally published on Dec. 11.