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Your Weekly Digest | Issue 33

Valur Thrainsson
2 min read

Good morning,

We hope you are enjoying CompetitionFeed.

Here below you find the most read articles over the last week.


EU Competition Commissioner Vestager: 'The Auto Industry Is a High Priority'

European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager, 49, has made a name for herself by taking on Google, Apple and Starbucks. She talks to DER SPIEGEL about her current investigation into possible autom... Read More.

European Commission

Antitrust: Commission sends Statement of Objections to AB InBev for preventing cheaper imports of beer into Belgium

The European Commission has informed AB InBev of its preliminary view that the company has abused its dominant position on the Belgian beer market, by hindering cheaper imports of its Jupiler and Leffe beers from the Netherlands and Franc. Read More.


On Case C‑547/16, Gasorba and others v Repsol (and, more importantly, on the nature of commitment decisions)

Last week the Court delivered a preliminary ruling in Case C‑547/16, Gasorba. Together with Case C‑248/16, Austria Asphalt (which came out in September) it is a very serious contender for the Most Predictable Ruling Award 2017. Read More.

Competition Bulletin

Intel Corporation Inc v European Commission

In its recent judgment in Intel, the Grand Chamber shed valuable light on the “qualified effects test... Read More.

The Hill

The Bayer-Monsanto merger kills innovation and must be stopped

Jim Miller (former Chairman of the FTC)
While media attention has been focused on the Trump administration’s battle with AT&T over its proposed acquisition of Time Warner, coming in under the radar is an even more important, if less glamorous, combination that could reshape the world’s agricultural markets: Bayer’s proposal to acquire Monsanto. Read More.

Edward Elgar Publishing

EU Competition Law Cases, Texts and Context

Eleanor M. Fox and Damien Gerard.
This clear and concise textbook presents EU competition law in political, economic and comparative context. It combines excerpts from key EU rulings with discussions of enforcement policy issues and comparisons with US antitrust cases. Untangling the complex set of factors driving individual outcomes, it is the perfect companion for any student or practitioner in the field.Read More.

Competition Policy International Antitrust Chronicle

European Competition Law: Enforcement or Regulation after Intel?

D. Daniel Sokol
The EUCJ Intel decision is a reminder that European competition law looks different from that of the North American jurisdictions where economic effects drive enforcement policy and a tradition of due process and procedural fairness exists. Intel suggests limits to DG Competition’s enforcement with regard to due process and is a wake up call for DG Competition to reiterate its commitment to procedural fairness. Read More.

Journal of European Competition Law & Practice

Invigorating Vertical Merger Enforcement

Steve Salop
This short symposium article explains why and how vertical merger enforcement can and should be invigorated. Vertical merger enforcement has been an intended victim of an overdose of Chicago-School economics and... Read More.

Working Paper

The Competitive Effects of Common Ownership: Economic Foundations and Empirical Evidence: Reply

José Azar, Martin C. Schmalz and Isabel Tecu.
Kennedy, O’Brien, Song, and Waehrer (2017) replicate the panel results of Azar, Schmalz and Tecu (forthcoming), but argue on theoretical grounds that the estimates should not be interpreted as anti-competitive effects of common ownership. They then develop and estimate alternative models and find no significant positive effects of common ownership on airline ticket prices. This note points out... Read More.

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