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This is a year overshadowed by the events of 11 September. The World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. suffer devastating terrorist attacks. Roughly 3000 people lose their lives. Soon after the attacks, it becomes clear that one trace leads to Germany. Several of the terrorists had lived there intermittently.

Three of the red-green coalition’s reform projects take shape: new standards for large-scale livestock farming are introduced, a long-term nuclear phase-out is sealed, and same-sex couples are entitled to legally register their partnerships for the first time. However, homosexuality is still not completely accepted by society.

What else happened?

As of 2001, women can enter the German Ferderal Armed Forces and serve their country in combat.

Beef sales plummet as more and more cases of BSE, commonly known as Mad Cow Disease, are diagnosed in Germany.

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