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Germany in state aid inquiry over parcel deliveries

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Brussels has turned its state aid spotlight on the German government over its funding of the state-owned parcel service.

VW victim of new ethos

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VW became the first company to fall foul of the European Commission’s new punitive ethos when it was fined a record £67.6 million for the anticompetitive practices of some of its Italian car dealers.

Severity of anti-competitive behaviour penalised

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Karel van Miert has set out tough new guidelines on the fining of businesses that breach competition rules.

New formula for airline slots

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The European Commission hopes to avoid accusations by airlines of preferential treatment by applying a new, top secret, formula for calculating how many take-off and landing slots they should divest when forming alliances.

FTC to investigate Intel’s Chips

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The US Federal Trade Commission has announced it is to continue to investigate leading microchip producer Intel’s proposed acquisition of Chips and Technologies Inc, although it will not seek an injunction blocking the sale.

German pay TV goes into second phase

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Karel van Miert has confirmed that he is to launch a full investigation into the proposed pay TV alliance between German media groups Kirch, Bertelsmann and Deutsche Telekom.

Brussels eyes Finnish energy merger

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Regulators at Finland’s competition bureau, the Kilpailuvirasto, predict opposition in Brussels to the proposed US$10.4 billion merger between power utility Imatran Voima (IVO) and petrochemicals group Neste.

Germany deals blow to predatory pricing

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The German government approved plans last month to allow anonymous tip-offs to cartel authorities as part of its programme to overhaul cartel law.

Japanese FTC commissioner joins firm

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Former Japanese Fair Trade Commissioner Kunpei Sato has joined Tokyo firm Nishimura & Partners.

Canada to authorise phonetapping

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The Canadian government plans to introduce telephone-tapping measures to help catch perpetrators of price-fixing, bid-rigging and fraudulent telemarketing.