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Your Weekly Digest | Issue 84

Valur Thrainsson
2 min read

Good morning,

Here below you find the most read articles on CompetitionFeed over the last two weeks.


Siemens rules out further concessions to get Alstom deal approval

Siemens (SIEGn.DE) will not make further concessions to save a rail merger deal with France’s Alstom (ALSO.PA) even after European competition authorities demanded further concessions, sources familiar with the matter said. Read More.


Bundeskartellamt prohibits merger between Miba and Zollern in bearing production sector

The Bundeskartellamt has prohibited the launch of a joint venture between Miba AG, Laakirchen (Austria), and Zollern GmbH & Co. KG, Sigmaringen. Read More.

Court of Justice of the European Union

The Court of Justice confirms that the Commission’s decision prohibiting the acquisition of TNT Express by UPS must be annulled due to procedural irregularity

The General Court was right in finding that the Commission infringed UPS’s rights of the defence. Read More.


The hard questions in the Lundbeck appeals: will Article 101 TFEU radically change?

The hearing in Lundbeck will take place on Thursday of next week. Readers of the blog know that this is a case that I have been following with keen interest (see for instance here). Read More.

CoRe Blog

Abuse of dominance through data overcharges and EU competition law enforcement

The past year the EU commission and numerous competition authorities have addressed the matter of applying competition law to online platforms. Read More.

VOX CEPR Policy Portal

Creativity under fire: The effects of competition on creative production

Creativity, despite its importance, is rarely studied by economists. Read More.

Frontier Economics

Make or break in 2019? Developments in competition policy

2019 is unfolding as an important year for competition cases at the European Commission, as well as in other jurisdictions around the world. Read More.

International Journal of Industrial Organization

Objectives and Incentives: Evidence from the Privatization of Great Britain’s Power Plants

Thomas P.Triebsa and Michael G.Pollitt
Privatization increases plant productivity because of a change in owners objectives not an improvement in incentives. The productivity effect of privatization dominates the effect of competition. Read More.

Criterion J. on Innovation

Is Professor Salop Right That Judge Leon Bungled United States v. AT&T?

Janusz A. Ordover, J. Gregory Sidak & Robert D. Willig
In his forthcoming article, The AT&T/Time Warner Merger: Judge Leon Garbled Professor Nash, Professor Steven Salop attempts but fails to cast doubts on Judge Leon’s decision dismissing the government’s challenge to the proposed merger of AT&T and Time Warner. Read More.

Journal of Competition Law & Economics


Patrick T Harker
After arguing that collusion by software programs which choose pricing rules without any human intervention is not a violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act, the paper offers a path toward making collusion by autonomous artificial agents unlawful. Read More.

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