Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Dear Readers, with this picture of the Frankfurt skyline, taken not too long ago from my office desk, I would like to thank you for your continued interest in this blog! It is hard to believe, but the blog is now in its 10th year, and it‘s still fun. I hope you and your loved ones are enjoying a couple of peaceful days – have a good start to the New Year! Continue reading

Art Law and the New German Government: Legislative Goals for Looted Art and Restitution

Today’s election of Olaf Scholz as Angela Merkel’s successor marks the official start of the new „traffic light“ coalition government. The new government draws its name from the colours traditionally associated with the supporting parties: „red“ Social Democrats, „yellow“ Liberals and the “Green” Party. These three parties have set out their legislative programme in a 177-page coalition agreement (Koalitionsvertrag). Both Nazi looted art and art from a colonial context feature in the Coalition Agreement. Almost inevitably, like in other fields, the Coalition Agreement is short on detail. For Nazi looted art, however, its brevity notwithstanding, the Coalition Agreement defines four concrete legislative goals*. Here they are, with my initial assessment: Continue reading