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SSNIPpets (29): The child needs a name

SSNIPpets (29): The child needs a name

During Whitsun week, Germany is always a bit in a holiday mode – especially when the weather is as it is. Rupprecht Podszun, however, keeps an eagly eye in any weather, so that nothing gets lost from the antitrust world. In his SSNIPpets today you have a chance to win big– so give it a read! Here are the SSNIPpets – small but significant news, information and pleasantries – our pet project! This is an English translation. You may find…

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SSNIPpets (28): Far-away countries and people

SSNIPpets (28): Far-away countries and people

Commissioner Vestager gives us a break after the European elections. She is antichambering her own affairs, so antitrust enforcement has been postponed for a few days. This gives Rupprecht Podszun the opportunity to look through the pile of paper on his virtual desk, which has grown far too high. Here are his SSNIPpets – small but significant news, information and pleasantries – our pet project! Market dominance Two observations on the European elections, since this was a competition : Several…

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SSNIPpets (27): Post-Easter

SSNIPpets (27): Post-Easter

Everything is much easier when the sun is shining, Easter break was good, rabbits hobble through Düsseldorf’s city parks – freed from the burden of the Easter baskets, somehow even waste separation seems simple, and so do the developments in antitrust. It is only our very own Rupprecht Podszun who is unimpressed. Here are his SSNIPpets – small but significant news, information and pleasantries – our pet project! Diesen Text können Sie auch in Deutsch lesen, wenn Sie die Spracheinstellung…

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SSNIPpets (26): Onboarding

SSNIPpets (26): Onboarding

When things come to a head, there is only one thing left for your correspondent to do: keep calm and carry on. And so, at the end of an exciting competition week, Rupprecht Podszun brings everything back into his very own chaotic order. Here are his SSNIPpets – small but significant news, information and pleasantries – our pet project! Sie können diesen Text auch in Deutsch lesen – ändern Sie einfach die Sprache! Get in, please! While I am sitting…

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Conference Debriefing (7): International Competition Conference Berlin

Conference Debriefing (7): International Competition Conference Berlin

Every two years the competition community meets in Berlin upon invitation by the Bundeskartellamt. This year, the stage was set for good entertainment: Peter Altmaier, the German Minister for Economic Affairs with a taste for industrial policy, was to face Andreas Mundt and Margrethe Vestager, both of them global champions of enforcement. Yet, as Rupprecht Podszun found out, two other speakers stole the headlines. Here is his Conference Debriefing! Name of Conference: 19th International Competition Conference, known as “IKK” for…

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SSNIPpets (25): Swifter, Higher, Richer

SSNIPpets (25): Swifter, Higher, Richer

Slowly the Rhineland is recovering from the traditional carnival festivities, and so we can again devote all our attention to antitrust law. Rupprecht Podszun faces a challenge: Will he manage not to write about the two hot topics of these days in this issue of the SSNIPpets? Here are his small but significant news, information and pleasantries – our pet project (SSNIPpets)! Wenn Sie die SSNIPpets auf Deutsch lesen möchten, klicken Sie einfach oben rechts auf die Flagge. The Challenge…

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The Facebook decision: First thoughts by Podszun

The Facebook decision: First thoughts by Podszun

The Bundeskartellamt’s decision on Facebook received a warm welcome by the media in Germany yesterday. Probably, our blog with Justus Haucap’s remarks was the loudest (and most profound) critical voice. Today, Rupprecht Podszun joins in to share his first thoughts on a decision that is definitely a nominee for Innovation of the Year. Dieser Text ist auch auf Deutsch verfügbar. Klicken Sie dazu einfach oben rechts auf die Flagge. Disclaimer first: I have not yet seen the decision. What I know about…

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SSNIPPets (24): Antitrust lawyers, hear the bells ringing!

SSNIPPets (24): Antitrust lawyers, hear the bells ringing!

In Germany, we currently discuss speed limits, air quality measuring points and the reform of the the railway incumbent Deutsche Bahn. Mobility is oh-so-important, traffic lights on green. It looks, though, like there will be no getting through for the mega-merger in the railway industry. Yet, our racing reporter Rupprecht Podszun took a free ride ticket through the antitrust world, and here are his small but significant news, information and pleasantries – our pet project (SSNIPpets)! Red alert This week…

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Conference Debriefing (6): Shaping the future of competition policy

Conference Debriefing (6): Shaping the future of competition policy

Meet the latest conference host in the Brussels circuit – it is no one else but Commissioner Margrethe Vestager. She made her entry into that market with a bang: Presenting a Nobel prize winner and other notable and notorious figures for free. Someone obviously learned the “think big and make it free” lesson from Silicon Valley… The conference about the future of competition policy was heavily overbooked, but Rupprecht Podszun was one of the 700 or so in the Charlemagne…

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Breaking News: Demokratischer Aufbruch bei der Studienvereinigung

Breaking News: Demokratischer Aufbruch bei der Studienvereinigung

Es ist, als ob es Frühling wäre, so kurz vor Weihnachten: Die Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht, der Verein der Kartellrechtsanwälte, tagte heute in Bonn, und dort fand etwas geradezu Unerhörtes statt: Wettbewerb um die Vorstandsposten. Wir waren zwar nicht dabei, aber – wie heißt es im Journalistensprech – uns liegen die Ergebnisse vor. Hier sozusagen als breaking news – und noch vor CNN! Die Ausgangslage Die Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht ist 1965 von 14 Anwälten gegründet worden, die das Kartellrecht für sich entdeckt hatten….

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