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    Regular Germans do not benefit from using the euro, unlike the industries, Alexander Nau, a member of Germany's lower house of parliament, told Sputnik.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The euro replaced the Deutsche Mark as the German currency in 2002.

    "Many people in Germany believe that life was easier with DM. Euro makes many things more expensive but salaries remained unchanged. Export oriented economy and industries and not regular Germans benefit from the euro currency," Nau said.

    Since 2013, the Alternative for Germany party has been calling for the dissolution of the euro as a currency, saying that it divides Europe as a large number of countries hard hit by the economic crisis needed to be bailed out by their more prosperous neighbors.

    The eurozone consists of Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain.

    Earlier on Tuesday, a new poll conducted by ICM Research exclusively for Sputnik revealed that almost 40 percent of Germans polled would like to return to their former national currency, the Deutsche Mark (DM).

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