End of Ladenschluss As We Know It19 Sep 2004
Round the clock shopping in Germany? Bild am Sonntag is reporting that a bill to be introduced in the Bundesrat would transfer control of shop hours from the federal government to the states . Such a bill almost certainly pass the Bundestag as well, since both major parties support it. Ten of the 16 German Länder would probably then do away with restrictions on shop hours altogether Mon-Sat, while keeping the ban on Sundays.
I'll believe it first when I see it, but labor unions certainly have less influence on state goverments than on the national Red/Green coalition, so it could actually happen.