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Cablegate: Germany "Out of the Game" On Internet Gambling

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CAROL HENNINGER IN EEB/TPP/MTA AND THOMAS FINE AT USTR

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TAGS: ECON ETRD WTRO GM
SUBJECT: GERMANY "OUT OF THE GAME" ON INTERNET GAMBLING

REF: STATE 60296

1. (SBU) Summary: Germany leans toward favoring a
negotiated settlement between the European Commission and the
United States on internet gambling to avoid arbitration in
the World Trade Organization (WTO). However, Ministry of
Economics officials say Germany will not pressure other
Member States to accept an offer from the United States that
they may regard as providing insufficient compensatory market
access. End summary.

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GERMANY'S INTERESTS UNAFFECTED
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2. (SBU) On December 12, EconOff met with Dr. Walter Werner
and Oliver Hunke, the respective Head

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