"Nobody ever told the proverbial man in the street that sharing a single currency was not just about making peoples' lives easier when doing business or travelling abroad, but also about being directly affected by economic developments in the neighbouring countries. Being in the 'Euro zone' means, monetarily speaking, being part of one 'Euroland'."
Not so fast, Rompuy. Even when you try to be honest, it comes out a stinking lie. It's clearly not the case that 'nobody' told the man in the street. Many, many people said this was the case. It's just that those people were dismissed by you and your fellow bureaucratic collectivists as europhobes, xenophobes, racists, conspiracy theorists etc.
Now your empire is teetering on the brink, and why is that? Because no lie can live forever.