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  1. April 9, 2014

    Industry wins concessions on EU energy subsidies

    Heavy industry won significant concessions at the expense of consumers on Wednesday in new EU guidelines on state energy...

  2. February 7, 2014

    Gazprom faces EU antitrust charge threat

    Gazprom, the Russian gas producer, is facing possible EU antitrust charges after failing to ally to calm European Commission...

  1. February 5, 2014

    Google settlement is not the last word

    When Joaquín Almunia, the EU competition commissioner, started an investigation into Google in 2010, many saw it as an...

  2. February 5, 2014

    Google and EU agree to settle search row

    Google’s three-year antitrust battle in Europe is set to end in settlement after Brussels took a positive view of its latest...

  3. January 31, 2014

    US spies engaged in industrial espionage will be jailed, says lawmaker

    The US lawmaker in charge of scrutinising the activities of America’s spy agencies said that National Security Agency agents...

  4. January 15, 2014

    Joaquín Almunia attacks UK and US over phone tapping claims

    Europe’s top competition enforcer has scolded Britain and the US for failing to apologise or address claims that his phone...

  5. January 15, 2014

    Brussels on course to issue Gazprom antitrust charges

    Brussels has given a frosty response to Gazprom’s preliminary offer to settle an antitrust probe into its business...

  6. December 20, 2013

    Brussels furious over claims UK and US spied on Almunia

    Brussels reacted furiously on Friday to claims that British and US intelligence agencies spied on the European commissioner...

  7. December 11, 2013

    J&J and Novartis mull appeal against €16m EU fines

    Johnson & Johnson and Novartis are considering whether to appeal against EU antitrust fines of €16m imposed this week for...

  8. December 4, 2013

    UBS deal shows power of immunity

    The power of immunity deals offered by Europe’s top antitrust regulator was starkly underscored by its revelation that UBS...

  9. November 26, 2013

    Monte dei Paschi di Siena approves €3bn share increase

    The board of Monte dei Paschi di Siena, Italy’s third-largest bank by assets, on Tuesday voted for a €3bn capital increase...

  10. November 12, 2013

    Biggest banks face forex questions

    The global probe into foreign exchange manipulation has widened to include 15 of the world’s biggest banks and some of the...

  11. October 20, 2013

    Brussels stands ground against Mario Draghi over bailout curbs

    Brussels is standing its ground against Mario Draghi over the EU curbs on bank bailouts, despite the European Central Bank...

  12. October 3, 2013

    Gazprom warned it may face antitrust charges

    Brussels stepped up pressure on Gazprom in its stand-off over gas prices, as Europe’s top competition enforcer warned the...

  13. August 14, 2013

    Crossed wires

    Thanks to the EU single market, British booze cruisers restock their wine cellars in France and Bavarians routinely shop for...

  14. August 13, 2013

    Rebuke to ‘unambitious’ Kroes over telecoms reform

    Brussels’ top competition authority has called for 28 national telecoms regulators to be replaced by a single pan-European...

  15. July 17, 2013

    Brussels rules Spanish shipbuilding subsidies illegal

    Brussels declared Spanish state subsidies for shipbuilders illegal on Wednesday, but offered the struggling sector a...

  16. July 1, 2013

    Banks charged with blocking CDS market

    Investment banks’ 20-year grip over credit insurance markets has come under regulatory assault as Brussels served charges...

  17. June 11, 2013

    Hurdles to cartel damages suits lifted by Brussels

    Hurdles preventing the victims of cartels from seeking damages are to be removed by a Brussels proposal to improve redress...

  18. May 23, 2013

    EU accepts Star Alliance concessions

    Brussels has accepted concessions from Lufthansa, United Airlines and Air Canada to address potential competition issues...

  19. May 6, 2013

    European Commission charges Motorola over patent

    Europe’s top antitrust authority has charged Google’s Motorola Mobility unit with abusive enforcement of its rights over a...

  20. April 9, 2013

    Google favours ‘in-house’ search results

    Google faces having to offer users in Europe more choice of other specialised search engines after Brussels investigators...

  21. March 6, 2013

    Google tip-off leads to Microsoft EU penalty

    Google has struck a €561m blow to Microsoft after the EU’s competition authority heavily fined the maker of Windows for...

  22. March 5, 2013

    EU fines Microsoft €561m for pact breach

    Microsoft was fined €561m by Brussels on Wednesday over its failure to offer Windows users a choice of internet browser in...

  23. February 11, 2013

    EU clears €1.2bn French aid to Peugeot arm

    PSA Peugeot Citroën has six months to present a full restructuring plan to Brussels to justify its government lifeline,...

  24. January 30, 2013

    Brussels blocks UPS takeover of TNT

    Brussels formally blocked UPS’s aborted takeover of TNT Express on Wednesday, while expressing “surprise” that the US...

  25. January 10, 2013

    UPS move on TNT poses concern

    UPS’s attempted takeover of TNT Express poses serious competition problems that are “not easy” to resolve, the EU...

  26. January 10, 2013

    Antitrust chief holds aces in Google case

    When US antitrust authorities gave Google’s search engine a clean bill of health, it naturally appeared a setback for...

  27. January 10, 2013

    Brussels takes tough stance on Google

    Google will be forced to change the way it presents search results in Europe or face antitrust charges for “diverting...

  28. January 8, 2013

    Europe’s telcos talk on a party line

    Telecoms gives the lie to Europe’s single market. It remains highly fragmented – with more than 1,200 fixed telecoms...

  29. January 7, 2013

    FedEx rebuffs UPS over TNT Express assets

    FedEx has rebuffed informal approaches from its arch-rival UPS to buy a package of TNT Express assets, further complicating...

  30. December 23, 2012

    Brussels questions Peugeot rescue plan

    The French government’s insistence that its €7bn rescue package for PSA Peugeot Citroën’s financing arm does not constitute...

  31. December 21, 2012

    Smartphone industry bows to pressure

    Some of the most aggressive legal tactics used in the smartphone industry’s patent wars showed signs of abating this week –...

  32. December 6, 2012

    Hurdles remain for UPS on TNT deal

    UPS is making progress in its quest to win EU approval for its €5.2bn takeover of TNT Express but still faces a big...

  33. December 5, 2012

    Record €1.47bn fine for TV cartels

    Philips, LG Electronics and Samsung SDI were hit with a record €1.47bn fine from Europe’s top competition enforcer on...

  34. November 30, 2012

    Italy eyes new terms to MPS bailout loan

    Italian lawmakers have proposed new repayment terms for a state bailout loan for Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, intended...

  35. November 28, 2012

    Bankia debtholders face bailout losses

    Bankia’s subordinated debt and hybrid securities holders will face large losses on their investments as part of a...

  36. November 21, 2012

    Brussels clears Glencore-Xstrata

    The merger of Glencore and miner Xstrata has won the blessing of Europe’s top antitrust watchdog after the commodities...

  37. October 24, 2012

    Brussels demands Windows 8 changes

    Europe’s top antitrust authority has ordered Microsoft to change how it features Internet Explorer in Windows 8 on the eve...

  38. October 17, 2012

    Europe stands firm on Orange Austria deal

    Europe’s top competition authority is to fire a shot across the bows of telecoms executives desperate for consolidation by...

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