The most vocal supporters of Schleswig-Holstein’s liberal gambling market have once again attacked Germany’s State Treaty on Gambling, claiming that the  decision to join the treaty has cost the state up to €60m.

Christian-Democratic Unionist (CDU) Hans-Jörn Arp and parliamentary leader Wolfgang Kubicki of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) have used the publication of the state budget to criticise the decision to join the controversial State Treaty. They claim that state Finance Minister Monika Heinold’s list of additions to the budget for 2015 show that €60m in taxes from sports betting in Schleswig-Holstein will be shared among Germany’s 16 federal states, rather than being retained by the state.

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