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German State Treaty Faces Internet Censorship Test

Germany’s states have fast tracked their controversial plans for interstate online gambling at a European level, but legal experts warn the measures may risk public scorn ahead of parliamentary votes this summer.

Germany’s ‘Interstate Treaty On Gaming’ which will regulate the online sports betting market was referred to the European Commission on April 15 with a standstill period set to end on July 18, just days before the law itself is set to be voted on in regional parliaments.

High tax rates and a tough licensing regime proposed by the 16 Lander president-ministers earlier this month have left private operators protesting that the treaty will make the market completely unviable, with many predicting it will fail to pass European scrutiny.

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