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New EU Commissioner Wants to Settle Online Gambling Mess

The confusion over online gambling in EU member states is set to be ironed out by new Internal Market Commissioner Michel Barnier, a move that will be closely followed by Malta.

France, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Germany, Norway, Poland, Sweden.. the list goes on of countries who want to set their own rules and defy European Union directives, or at least bend them a bit. Forcing these EU members states to comply is like telling banks they have to start responsible and not giving out individual bonuses bigger than the GDP of a third-world country. Or trying to get football players to act as role models and respect referees like rugby players. In a line from the classic Aussie film, The Castle, "Tell him he's dreaming!".

In another note, I notice that Betfair have given up their respect/fear of French authority and now have the betting site in French as well as betting.betfair.com. That was one region they had chosen to respect the law of initially. Perhaps the tide there is turning, or they are now prepared to risk another court case.

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