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A Goose and a Golden Egg

by Brendan Murray |  Published: Nov 01, 2010


As Card Player was going to press this month news broke of a landmark ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on Germany’s gambling monopoly. The court ruled that Germany’s protectionist regime, which outlaws private companies competing with regional state monopolies, was “unjustifiable” and must be dismantled. Sigrid Ligné, Secretary General of the European Gaming and Betting Association, said, “This is a landmark ruling which will have a decisive impact on the much needed reform in Germany. Other Member States have opened or are opening their markets and moving away from a monopoly regime to a multi-operator licensing system. “They show that consumers can be better protected in a market that is both regulated and open to competition. German politicians should face up to these market realities and take their responsibility towards German consumers. It signals the end of the German online gaming ban and will bring legal security ...

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