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The first so-called “Castor Transport“ is on its way. Castor containers are special containers for the transport of radioactive waste to intermediate storage facilities at Gorleben in Lower Saxony. Both residents and anti-nuclear activists try to block the progress of the transport. For nearly 20 years, local farmers as well as activists of the anti-nuclear movement have offered resistance to the operation of the storage site.

According to a decision of the Federal Constitutional Court, crosses and crucifixes have to be removed from Bavarian public school classrooms. In response to a claim filed by Bavarian parents, the court declares that the state order for singling out one religion by displaying its symbol in classrooms infringes on Germany’s constitution. The verdict, however, is of little consequence: only where parents explicitly demand so, are the crucifixes removed from the classrooms.

What else happened?

Oskar Lafontaine becomes the new leader of the Social Democratic Party of Germany.

The Schengen Agreement comes into effect. Regular border controls between Germany, France, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Luxemburg and the Netherlands cease to apply. Instead, the Schengen zone’s “outer borders“ are strengthened.

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