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The Competition-Competition: The German Parties’ Competition Policy Proposals to the 2019 European Parliament election

The Competition-Competition: The German Parties’ Competition Policy Proposals to the 2019 European Parliament election

In the 2019 European Parliament election, friends of antitrust law are looking forward to one question in particular: Are we seeing Margrethe Vestager again as the next President of the European Commission? That, however, is so speculative that we are entering more secure territory: Election promises. Maximilian Konrad has reviewed the party programmes for those for whom voting advice apps have too few questions on competition policy. Brexit, refugee crisis, right-wing populism, euro crisis – there is no shortage of…

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In defence of tried and tested merger control

In defence of tried and tested merger control

The proposals to change European merger control, in particular with a view to paving the way for national and European champions, keep irritating the competition law community. This week, the Financial Times published an Open Letter signed by 92 practitioners from law firms and economic consultancies and academics. D’Kart documents this contribution to the debate – with thanks to Vanessa Turner who started the initiative. The recent Franco-German proposals to potentially soften and/or politicize competition enforcement in the EU continue…

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National Industrial Strategy 2030 and Competition Law – size matters?

National Industrial Strategy 2030 and Competition Law – size matters?

Germany’s National Industrial Strategy 2030 emotionalised competition experts: The proposal by the German Minister of Economic Affairs, Peter Altmaier, contains questions and answers that can be called “controversial”. On D’Kart, we continue the debate with a contribution by Johannes Persch – after economists had their say and Altmaier’s Director General Philipp Steinberg. At the beginning of February, Germany’s Minister of Economics, Peter Altmaier, presented the National Industrial Strategy 2030 (“NIS”). It’s guiding principle is „size matters“. It speaks of international…

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Conference Debriefing (8): Kartellschadensersatzklagen und europäischer Justizwettbewerb aus französischer Sicht

Conference Debriefing (8): Kartellschadensersatzklagen und europäischer Justizwettbewerb aus französischer Sicht

Paris ist natürlich die Stadt der Liebe – aber auch die Hauptstadt des französischen Kartellrechts. Florian Bien hat sich, in zweiterer Mission, an die Seine begeben. Anlass war eine Tagung zum Kartellschadensersatzrecht. Hier ist, pour les amis de D’Kart, sein Conference Debriefing. Tagungen zur Umsetzung der (überwiegend minimalharmonisierenden) Schadensersatzrichtlinie sind mittlerweile in Mode gekommen (siehe nur hier und hier). Das Thema hat unter Kartellrechtlern das Interesse an der innereuropäischen Privatrechts­ver­gleichung neu geweckt. Die Praxis folgt gebannt, bieten sich für Kläger…

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National Industrial Strategy 2030 – Relax, take it easy!

National Industrial Strategy 2030 – Relax, take it easy!

When Peter Altmaier, Germany’s Minister of Economics, presented his National Industrial Strategy 2030 there was uproar with competition lawyers and economists. Philipp Steinberg, one of the thought leaders in the Ministry, sets out his thoughts in D’Kart today. Dieser Text ist auch auf Deutsch verfügbar. Klicken Sie dazu einfach oben rechts auf die Flagge. Globalisation is a fact that Europe and all countries need to accept. Europe is a global player and has no reason to fear global competition. Competition…

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Miba/Zollern: The next ministerial authorisation of a banned merger?

Miba/Zollern: The next ministerial authorisation of a banned merger?

A few days ago, German media surprised us with the fact that they had found something in a somewhat older edition of the Federal Gazette. An interesting discovery had been made: another application for ministerial approval had been submitted to the Ministry of Economics. This instrument of German antitrust law allows the Federal Minister of Economics to override a decision of the competition agency (Bundeskartellamt) on reasons of the common good. This is exciting for every antitrust lawyer, especially for…

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Furman Report: Her Majesty’s New Digital Antitrust Law

Furman Report: Her Majesty’s New Digital Antitrust Law

While the UK is trying to escape a #HardBrexit and is making friends with a #Brextension, the final report of the “Digital Competition Expert Panel“ led by Jason Furman, former chief economist under Barack Obama, was published on March 13, 2019. The British are thus presenting some far-reaching proposals for a new digital antitrust law. Adrian Deuschle shares his thoughts. So, what’s going on in the digital economy? In the first chapter, the business model of online platforms is presented,…

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The “undertaking” is liable in antitrust tort law! – ECJ in Skanska

The “undertaking” is liable in antitrust tort law! – ECJ in Skanska

The European Court of Justice’s judgment in Skansa was anticipated with excitement. This damage claim case has the potential to change European competition law – since it deals with the question whether the definition of undertaking is the same for damage claims as for fining. Patrick Hauser and Jörn Kramer report on one of the top cases in 2019. Introduction The Skanska decision has been highly anticipated, as it has/had the potential to shape antitrust tort law to a considerable…

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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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Events in Competition Law 2019

Events in Competition Law 2019

There are not many things in life that are better than talking antitrust. And luckily, the world provides us with thousands of occasions to do so – competition law conferences, workshops and seminars are everywhere. In order for you not to miss anything, we present an Antitrust Calendar as of today with events in competition law that may be of interest to our readers. Click here, go there, listen closely, speak up – and do not forget to take off…

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