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On our own account: Antitrust Law at the “Zeitenwende”

On our own account: Antitrust Law at the “Zeitenwende”

In Germany, anthologies with current essays on competition law are about as frequent as fines in abuse proceedings under the German competition act: they hardly ever happen. There are commemorative publications, the infamous German “Festschrift”, yes, but for one of those someone has to have a birthday. With no birthday around, I have something special to announce to you today: We proudly present  “Antitrust Law at the Zeitenwende – On the Way to the 11th and 12th Amendments to the…

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Spotlight off: A review and outlook on AGENDA 2025

Spotlight off: A review and outlook on AGENDA 2025

After five months and nearly 20 contributions from academia and practitioners in our series D’Kart Spotlights: AGENDA 2025, we turn off the spotlight. The occasion for this spotlight project was the AGENDA 2025, with which the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) presented an outline for the reform of antitrust law. The draft bill for the Competition Enforcement Act – (11th amendment of the law against restraints on competition (GWB) – was published yesterday. In addition to…

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AGENDA 2025: Ideas for sustainable control of abusive practices

AGENDA 2025: Ideas for sustainable control of abusive practices

This article is part of the D’Kart Spotlights: AGENDA 2025, in which experts from academia and practice comment on aspects of the Competition Policy Agenda presented by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The contributions already published can be found here. In the sustainability debate, we mostly talk about cooperations between undertakings. However, it can also be a topic for the abuse of a dominant position. Tristan Rohner presents some ideas on a sustainable control of abusive…

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AGENDA 2025: More Sustainability in Merger Control?

AGENDA 2025: More Sustainability in Merger Control?

This article is part of the D’Kart Spotlights: AGENDA 2025, in which experts from academia and practice comment on aspects of the Competition Policy Agenda presented by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The contributions already published can be found here. Merger control is often not dealt with at all or only as a marginal issue in the sustainability debate in antitrust law. In this article, Johanna Welsch takes a look at this part of the BMWK’s…

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AGENDA 2025: A Small Group Of Thoughtful Consumers Can Change The World?

AGENDA 2025: A Small Group Of Thoughtful Consumers Can Change The World?

This article is part of the D’Kart Spotlights: AGENDA 2025, in which experts from academia and practice comment on aspects of the Competition Policy Agenda presented by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The contributions already published can be found here. This contribution to the D-Kart Spotlights: AGENDA 2025 is again concerned with the hot topic of sustainability agreements. Mariya Serafimova takes a look at the developments in the european antitrust community. With the rise of the…

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AGENDA 2025: The Digital Markets Act and Section 19a GWB

AGENDA 2025: The Digital Markets Act and Section 19a GWB

This article is part of the D’Kart Spotlights: AGENDA 2025, in which experts from academia and practice comment on aspects of the Competition Policy Agenda presented by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The contributions already published can be found here. Section 19a is undoubtedly the most important piece of the 10th amendment to the Act against Restraints of Competition (GWB). Gunnar Wolf and Niklas Brüggemann present their view on the relationship of this law to the…

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AGENDA 2025: Time for a Comeback? The Case for Structural Antitrust

AGENDA 2025: Time for a Comeback? The Case for Structural Antitrust

This article is part of the D’Kart Spotlights: AGENDA 2025, in which experts from academia and practice comment on aspects of the Competition Policy Agenda presented by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The contributions already published can be found here. Many have hoped that big companies would be disciplined by competition. For Dominik Piétron the opposite is true. Corporations have become increasingly powerful and developed new tools to impose private arbitrariness. To effectively protect society from…

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AGENDA 2025: Less competition for more sustainability?

AGENDA 2025: Less competition for more sustainability?

This article is part of the D’Kart Spotlights: AGENDA 2025, in which experts from academia and practice comment on aspects of the Competition Policy Agenda presented by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The contributions already published can be found here. In our spotlight series about AGENDA 2025, several authors have expressed their views about competition and sustainability. Felix Rhiel and Frank Schlütter do the same, but with a focus on risks associated with industry cooperation. “what…

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AGENDA 2025: Distortions of competition from third countries: How can fair global competition be strengthened?

AGENDA 2025: Distortions of competition from third countries: How can fair global competition be strengthened?

This article is part of the D’Kart Spotlights: AGENDA 2025, in which experts from academia and practice comment on aspects of the Competition Policy Agenda presented by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The contributions already published can be found here. According to its competition policy agenda, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action wants to tackle distortions of competition from countries outside the European Union. Oliver Budzinski and Annika Stöhr shed some light on…

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AGENDA 2025: Sustainability Agreement & Private Enforcement

AGENDA 2025: Sustainability Agreement & Private Enforcement

This article is part of the D’Kart Spotlights: AGENDA 2025, in which experts from academia and practice comment on aspects of the Competition Policy Agenda presented by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The contributions already published can be found here. “Sustainability” has become an integral part of the public debate. Accordingly, it is also of great importance for the competition policy agenda of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). Patrick Hauser takes a look…

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