European Union officials are reviewing an antitrust complaint against OAO Gazprom, the Russian state-controlled gas company, as they weigh how the two- year-old dispute will affect the conflict in Ukraine, according to people familiar with the case.
Honeywell International Inc. and DuPont Co. face a European Union complaint for violating antitrust rules over the only car coolant chemical that currently meets new EU standards on greenhouse-gas emissions.
Numericable SA’s proposed merger with SFR, the French phone carrier owned by Vivendi SA, would probably avoid a lengthy antitrust challenge because of little overlap in businesses, people familiar with the matter said.
The European Commission asked Italy for clarification on legislation passed last year that changes the Bank of Italy’s capital structure, as it seeks assurances the new rules don’t amount to state aid to banks.
The European Union’s failure to stoke competition when Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. bought a rival Austrian unit should be a warning for EU probes into other telecommunications deals by Hutchison and Telefonica SA, said the head of the nation’s antitrust authority.
Facebook Inc.’s purchase of messaging startup WhatsApp Inc., which carries a $2 billion breakup fee, will probably avoid a U.S. antitrust challenge because of the dynamic market for mobile applications.
European Union Antitrust Commissioner Joaquin Almunia’s deal to resolve a three-year-old dispute with Google Inc. was criticized by two EU officials at a meeting today, according to two people familiar with the matter.
European Union competition regulators said they closed a probe into the sugar industry, a day after Suedzucker AG, Nordzucker AG and Pfeifer & Langen were fined by Germany’s antitrust agency for price-fixing.