Germany passes massively controversial Cultural Heritage Legislation

23 June 2016, Germany

Despite protest from all quarters of Germany's art scene, the country's parliament, the Bundestag, approved the passage of the controversial cultural heritage protection legislation today.

The law seeks to prevent the export of nationally significant cultural goods. However, the legislation was fiercely opposed by Germany's art dealers, artists, private collectors, art fairs, auction houses, museums, and just about everyone else working in the country's cultural sector. Critics feel that their ownership rights are being restricted as a result of these measures.