Belgium is issuing a new euro coin to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo -- one of the most painful defeats in French military history.
The French government does not like it at all. Paris objected when Belgium first unveiled its plan for a new 2 euro coin in February, arguing that it could "cause an adverse reaction in France" at a time when the eurozone needs to stand together.
Eurozone countries need the agreement of their partners to issue new coins. So Belgium set about destroying 180,000 coins it had already minted.
The 2 euro coin was my favorite coin when I lived in Europe. It is the easiest way to pay for small purchases and it is sorely missed. A two-and-a-half euro coin is crazy, though. Must be fun to be a Belgian store clerk.