Germany suing over tobacco ad ban


Germany said on Friday, August 1st, it would take legal action against a decision to extend a European Union ban on tobacco advertising to radio, newspapers and the Internet, in an effort to help its cash-strapped press.

"But Germany wants national newspapers and magazines that are not sold in other countries to be excluded from the ban.

'We intend to take legal action,' a spokesman for the German finance ministry said, adding the complaint was being prepared now and could be handed to the European Court of Justice in the next few weeks.

Asked about Germany's intention to contest the ban, EU Commission spokesman Thorsten Muench said: 'I would not be surprised, but nevertheless disappointed as the German government speaks out in favour of tobacco control measures.' "

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