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CNN 2010-06-15

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Happy sounds, glorious weather and almost flawless organization.

 

But did the feel good factor of Germany's World Cup last longer than the summer of 2006?

 

In economic terms, apparently1 not.

 

Germany has a large economy and such an event is a -- a very little, tiny one. It was from the very beginning very unlikely that there would be a big impact on the economy.

 

So the World Cup was a boost to Germany's world image and to the nation's self-confidence. Patriotism2, which, for decades, was a dirty word in post-war German society, showing itself in a million national flags.

 

I was a little bit afraid when I -- when I saw that, when -- when the flags came up in the first days of the tournament. But, yes, it seems to be that there's -- there are a new generation starts in Germany, in a way.

 

But beyond the consumption of vast quantities of Germany's favorite drink and a boost for German businesses of around $2.6 billion in food, drink and sales of World Cup memorabilia, that new generation wasn't prepared to change the habits of the old -- cautious consumer spending.

 

So there was no negative impact. And it was just fun. And it was a great time this summer and people were happy and so it -- it did not last very long, but it was, for some weeks, a lot of fun and that's enough.

 

Wagner says the two million visitors to Germany's World Cup kept non-football tourists away. One lesson from the German economists3 to South Africa this time around -- sit back and enjoy it, because the effects may be short lived.
 


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1 apparently tMmyQ     
adv.显然地;表面上,似乎
参考例句:
  • An apparently blind alley leads suddenly into an open space.山穷水尽,豁然开朗。
  • He was apparently much surprised at the news.他对那个消息显然感到十分惊异。
2 patriotism 63lzt     
n.爱国精神,爱国心,爱国主义
参考例句:
  • His new book is a demonstration of his patriotism.他写的新书是他的爱国精神的证明。
  • They obtained money under the false pretenses of patriotism.他们以虚伪的爱国主义为借口获得金钱。
3 economists 2ba0a36f92d9c37ef31cc751bca1a748     
n.经济学家,经济专家( economist的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • The sudden rise in share prices has confounded economists. 股价的突然上涨使经济学家大惑不解。
  • Foreign bankers and economists cautiously welcomed the minister's initiative. 外国银行家和经济学家对部长的倡议反应谨慎。 来自《简明英汉词典》
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