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In the months leading up to Euro 2024, we heard a lot about the German passion for “das public viewing”. Interviews with players would frequently lapse into nostalgic childhood memories of watching the 2006 World Cup in parks or town squares. Local friends enthused about the way whole neighbourhoods would come to life in tournament summers, joined together in what was by now an authentically German cultural experience. And you’d smile and nod, but silently you’d think: “All right pal, we’ve all seen a big screen before.”

And then, around the start of June, the screens started to spring up.

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