13.03.2017
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GamblingCompliance: Germany’s Sports-Betting Plans Progress Despite EC Concerns

By Elisa Grabbe, published at www.gamblingcompliance.com The European Commission has blasted Germany’s new sports-betting licensing plans for potentially infringing EU law and limiting competition, but Germany is nevertheless expected to ink the changes in just a few days. With draft amendments having completed their standstill period at the commission last Friday, the prime ministers of…

02.03.2017
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GamblingCompliance: Germany Moves To Exclude Slots From AML Checks

By Elisa Grabbe, published at www.gamblingcompliance.com Slot halls, lotteries and on-course tote betting will be exempt from strict new anti-money laundering (AML) requirements, according to a bill published in Germany last week. The bill will transpose the European 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive (4th AMLD) into German law and has been published following a consultation with stakeholders…

01.08.2016
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GamingIntelligence: Latest German court ruling offers protection to online gamblers

Published on GamingIntelligence.com Germany’s controversial State Treaty on Gambling has suffered yet another blow after a court ruled that authorities may not prosecute players for gambling on unlicensed sites. Last week’s decision overturns the original ruling by the Munich Regional Criminal Court, which had said that Section 285 of the German Criminal Code (Strafgesetzbuch) could…

17.03.2016
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German media association chief calls for leadership from the federal government

Published by GamingIntelligence Germany’s Association for Telecommunications and Media (DVTM) has emerged as a major advocate of regulatory reform. CEO Renatus Zilles explains why he believes it is high time for the federal government to take charge of Germany’s gambling market. Years of stilted progress and legal battles seem to be finally culminating in a…

22.07.2015
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GamblingCompliance: Germany Loophole Creates US-Style Fantasy Sports Climate

By Daniel Macadam, published on GamblingCompliance Whereas betting operators believe daily fantasy sports will struggle to replicate US success in the UK and other established markets, Germany’s regulatory shortfalls may make it a more accessible target. Betting executives are sceptical about the European appeal of daily fantasy sports, which has thrived in the US thanks…

08.07.2015
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GamblingCompliance: European Commission Challenges German Gambling Model

By David Altaner, published on GamblingCompliance Germany has not answered the European Commission’s concerns on the country’s sports-betting monopoly and its ban on online casino and poker, the commission said in an “EU Pilot” approach. The approach is a structured dialogue that is the first step toward possible infringement proceedings that could culminate in litigation…