Whenever the subject of football comes up, people in Europe find a way to stop working and do something about watching the game. Here where I am at, they are setting up outdoor viewing parties and they are getting ready to celebrate Germany vs. Portugal.
The Euro 2012 starts today, and this could be the last gasp of a Europe unified by the Euro currency. What happens now is so far up in the air only football can help people feel connected to something. No one seems to care that Spain is unraveling or that joblessness and helplessness are entering yet another summer.
This is a haves vs. have-nots sort of thing. Can you really relax and fly to a tournament in Poland or Ukraine? Consider yourself fortunate.