Last week a court in Bremen lifted a cease and desist order against a sports betting provider on grounds that the State Treaty on Gaming is incompatible with EU law, while another court in Saxony ordered 11 defendants to cease providing sports betting services to German citizens, ruling that no such incompatibility exists.

Even at a time when the leaders of Germany’s federal states have belatedly accepted that a new model for regulating the gaming market needs to be found, regional courts continue to offer diametrically opposed interpretations of national and European law.

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