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1284 Evaluating the Euro

Chris shares his thoughts about having a unified currency, the Euro, in Europe.

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the heart of

Brussels is the heart of Europe.

When a place is 'at the heart' of someplace, it is in the center either by location or importance. Notice the following:

  1. Paris is the heart of global fashion.
  2. Tokyo is the heart of Japan.

collapse

Many people think the euro would eventually collapse.

Collapse means to fall quickly and lose the ability to stand by itself. Notice the following:

  1. The stock markert collapsed in 1987.
  2. The team collapsed in the standings.

stand up for

The stronger countries will get tired of standing up for the weaker ones.

When you stand up for people, you support them or protect them from harm or attack. Notice the following:

  1. My big brother always stood up for me.
  2. Rich countries often stand up for poor countries.

too much to bear

It will be in the end too much to bear.

If something is too much to bear, it is not something you can handle or survive. Notice the following:

  1. His house payments were too much to bear, so he sold it.
  2. Her husband's drinking habit was too much to bear, so she divorced him.

think twice before doing

They will have to think twice before doing that.

When you think twice before doing something, you think carefully before doing it because of risk involved. Notice the following:

  1. You should think twice before investing in that company.
  2. I would think twice about travelling alone these days.