Everybody involved knew - two seperate former belgian PM's have admitted as much publically on several occasions.
Instead of waiting until the economic requirements for a common currency were met, Kohl wanted to demonstrate that Germany, even after its reunification, remained profoundly European in its orientation. He even referred to the new currency as a "bit of a peace guarantee."
This is the clue really, political motivations over strictly economic ones.
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