Religion unites Slovakia, Hungary in euro coin controversy

Controversy over a two-euro coin is causing an unusual show of friendliness between Hungary and Slovakia. Hungarian Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén has expressed solidarity with Slovakia in its dispute with the European Commission over its proposal for a commemorative coin depicting Saints Cyril and Methodius with their religious symbols.
Semjén said he was shocked to hear of the proposal that the coin should not contain crosses and halos to observe the principle of religious neutrality in the European Union.

Bulgaria, not a member of the euro zone, depicts Saint Ivan Rilski on its one lev coin.