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Your Weekly Digest | Issue 125

Valur Thrainsson
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Good morning,

Here below you find the most relevant articles on CompetitionFeed over the last week.


Orange CEO says EU authorities are open to pan-European telecoms mergers

The European Union’s top antitrust policymaker, Margrethe Vestager, is open to the idea of pan-European mergers in the telecoms market, Orange’s (ORAN.PA) boss Stéphane Richard said on Wednesday. Read More.


UK competition authority probes Google data acquisition

The investigation concerns Google’s acquisition of Looker Data Sciences. Read More.


Amazon faces U.S. antitrust scrutiny on cloud business: Bloomberg

U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has broadened scrutiny of Inc beyond its retail operations to include cloud-computing business, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter. Read More.

The Times of Israel

Court approves merger of Israel’s Mizrahi, Union banks, overruling previous ban

Deal would see Mizrahi-Tefahot swallow up smaller bank; move was disqualified last year over anti-trust issues but appeals tribunal says not enough evidence to block takeover. Read More.


CMA accepts price caps on West Coast Rail lines

Train passengers travelling on certain routes between Preston and Scotland will benefit from capped fares following a CMA investigation. Read More.

Austrian Federal Competition Authority

Position Paper on National and European Champions in Merger Control

In the current debate and for the purposes of this position paper, national or European champions are understood to be companies that are supported to grow, in the expectation that this will make them more successful against foreign companies. Read More.


Binding commitments undertaken by Telekom and EWE for joint fibre-optic deployment

Telekom Deutschland GmbH and EWE AG would like to cooperate in the development of fibre-optic networks in parts of Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia and Bremen. Read More.

Kluwer Competition Law Blog

Recent Developments in Abuse of Dominance Law in Canada: When is Anti-Competitive Conduct Justified?

On October 17, 2019, the Canadian Competition Tribunal dismissed an application by the Commissioner of Competition alleging that the Vancouver Airport Authority (VAA) had abused a dominant position in the market for in-flight catering services at Vancouver International Airport. Read More.

International Journal of Industrial Organization

Transaction Costs and Competition Policy

Dennis W. Carlton
This paper evaluates current antitrust policy in light of our current understanding of how transaction costs influence the ability of firms and consumers to deal with market power. Read More.

Working Paper

How Concerned Should We Be About Algorithmic Tacit Collusion? Comments on Calvano et al.

Ai Deng
A recent study by four economists (Calvano et al, 2019) has undoubtedly refueled the public and academic interest in algorithmic tacit collusion. Read More.

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Valur Þráinsson
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