We’re in Coburg, Germany,Â visting friends for a few days. I was in Germany during the 2002 World Cup, and vividly remember that in the streets of Berlin there were more Turkish flags after a Turkish victory than there were German flags after the German team won a game.
This time, the Germans don’t seem anywhere near as flag-shy. German flags festoon cars, balconies and houses. My friends tell me there’s been some nervous reaction to it from the older generation, but young folk just want to getting on being proud to be German.