An acrimonious first reading Friday of proposed legislation to cancel Schleswig-Holstein’s existing gaming law and replace it with the revised State Treaty on Gaming did little to shed light on the future direction of the north-German state’s gambling policy, with both sides of the argument accusing the other of endangering players and inflicting damage on the state.

Amid the furore, Schleswig-Holstein’s Interior Minister, Andreas Breitner, made one point clear, “Simply cancelling the [existing] law is not possible”.

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