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Expo 2000 opens this week in Hanover, which means that we can finally point to an act of architectural folly which makes the Dome look cheap.With an estimated cost of £1 billion, the project looks set to cost the German taxpayer some DM400m. That's the figure being touted around in the honeymoon period, on the basis of ludicrously optimistic visitor numbers. As we in Britain know all too well, figures have a habit of spiralling out of control.

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