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2003

Beverage container deposit legislation is passed. In theory, the laws are easy to understand: the deposit is returned in exchange for the empty can. In practice, however, things turn out to be much more complicated. Retailers, for instance, refuse to redeem empty cans originally bought in other shops. The deposit system is amended several times.

Federal Chancellor Schröder introduces the “Agenda 2010″, his proposal for radical reforms of the German social system. At first, he needs to convince his own party as debates on the new reform initiatives threaten to split the Social Democrats. Leftists within the SPD voice their vehement opposition against a possible cut in social security benefits.

An electronic toll collection system for heavy goods vehicles is introduced to inject money into the state’s finances. But even during the test phase, the complicated recording system shows many deficiencies. The introduction of the truck highway toll is postponed by two years.

What else happened?

According to the nuclear phase-out legislation passed by the Social Democratic Party and the Greens, the nuclear power plant Stade is shut down after 31 years.

The German women’s national football team wins the FIFA Women’s World Cup beating Sweden 2-1.

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