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“Once skeptical of the euro, Lithuanians are now ready to embrace it.
The former Soviet republic will become the 19th member of the common currency on Thursday—underlining its Western ties just as it has also emerged as one of Europe’s loudest critics of Russia.
In June 2013, only 41% of Lithuanians approved of dropping the country’s currency, the litas, according to a survey by pollster Eurobarometer. The latest poll, published in mid-December, shows that backing for the euro has risen to 63%.
Lithuania joined the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in 2004, at the same time as neighboring Latvia and Estonia, and it is following both countries in switching to the euro.”