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欧洲经济艰困,节庆气氛低迷

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小编摘要:债务危机和高失业率把人们庆祝节日的心情也一起带走了…

 

Concerns about the European debt crisis and high unemployment are sapping the Christmas holiday spirit in some of Europe's capitals.

欧洲债务危机引起的忧虑和高失业率,使今年欧洲各国首都的圣诞节气氛低迷。

Along the Gran Via in Madrid, the holiday lights are up but do little to brighten the mood - shoppers and pedestrians are getting used to disappointment.

在西班牙首都马德里,沿着格兰维亚大道,尽管节庆彩灯已经亮起,却点燃不了热购物者和路人的热情。他们已经习惯了失落的心情。

One woman complained that the lights were very, very poor this year and will do little to cheer up those with little or nothing.

一名妇女说,今年的彩灯看来非常黯淡,对于一无所有或贫乏中的人来说,起不了欢欣鼓舞的作用。

Even as night fell, many of the lights displays remained dark. Those that did come on, got a smattering of  applause.

即使夜幕低垂时分,有些灯泡并没有点亮。有些灯亮起之际,也只获得希希落落的掌声回应。

Cities like Madrid are cutting back on holiday decorations, part of austerity measures during a growing fiscal crunch that has dampened spirits across the continent.

一些像马德里这样的城市都减少了节庆的装璜。部分原因是出于节约措施。日渐严重的财政的紧缩,伤害了整个欧洲大陆的喜庆氛围。

A school teacher said there needs to be savings, but she hopes they will turn on more lights to create a beautiful atmosphere.

一名学校教师说:节省固然是必要的,但是她希望能亮起更多的彩灯,显出美丽的节日气氛。

In Lisbon, Portugal, city officials did away with the traditional light displays altogether, prompting one local designer to take action. She says the usual light displays were too expensive but that she hopes the lit-up art displays make people smile.

在葡萄牙首都里斯本,市政官员完全取消了传统节日饰灯的展示活动。引起当地一名设计师的反应。她说,维持一般性的饰灯展示固然花费太多。但是她希望能做一些艺术性的灯展,让人民脸上出现笑容。

The Associated Press says Lisbon hopes to save more than $900,000 by turning off the traditional lights.

美联社说,葡萄牙首都里斯本,希望能藉着停止点燃传统的节庆灯火,而省下九十多万美元。

The impact on crucial holiday sales remains to be seen.

这对每年至关重要的节日零售业绩的影响,有待观察。

Some Lisbon shopkeepers said the tough economy and gloomy outlook are forcing them to innovate more than ever to keep reluctant customers coming in.

有些里斯本的商店业主说,艰困的经济情势和惨淡的市面,迫使他们作更多的改变,以争取意兴兰珊的顾客继续光临。

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