Basic German Law

GBL Article 14.

1. Property and the right to inheritance are guaranteed. Their content and limits shall be determined by the laws.

2. Property imposes duties. Its use should also serve the public weal.

3. Expropriation shall be permitted only in the public weal. It may be effected only by or pursuant to a law which shall provide for the nature and extent of the compensation. Such compensation shall be determined by establishing an equitable balance between the public interest and the interests of those affected. In case of a dispute regarding the amount of compensation, recourse may be had to the ordinary courts.

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