Every time I try taking the EU seriously some piece of nonsense like this comes up to derail the effort. A BBC News story says:
The European Union and Bulgaria are at odds over how to spell the word euro.
The problem lies with Bulgaria’s Cyrillic alphabet, under which the common European currency is spelt “evro” rather than euro.
The row threatens to scupper the signing of an EU accord with Balkan state Montenegro, officials say.
Bulgarian diplomats said they could only sign the document if euro is spelt correctly in the Bulgarian version of the agreement…
“This is part of our national identity. We brought the third alphabet into the European Union and it’s a matter of respect for linguistic diversity,” the Bulgarian spokeswoman said.
Bulgaria is the only EU member to widely use the Cyrillic alphabet but it is used in Balkan countries that are lining up to join the EU.
According to the Brussels-based EU Observer website, other countries where the euro is pronounced differently, including Slovenia, have tried to obtain a different spelling of the common currency. However, they have all failed except for Greece.
Unlike Slovenia which uses the Latin alphabet, Greece had put forward its different alphabet as an argument – something the Bulgarians are trying to do as well, the EU Observer said.
The European Central Bank insists that the name of the common currency must be the same in all the official languages of the EU although the existence of different alphabets should be taken into account.
What does “taken into account” mean if not “let them use their own goddam alphabet”? What the hell is wrong with bureaucrats? “Sorry, the Greeks get to write ‘evro’ in their alphabet but you don’t get to in yours, because, well, they’re Greeks and you’re Bulgarians.” (Thanks for the link, Ben!)