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EU halts exchange merger - EUbusiness Week newsletter 560


03-02-2012

EUbusiness Week 560 top stories: Race to fix Greek debt relief gathers pace; EU signs orders for new Galileo space satellites; EU opens antitrust probe against Samsung; WTO approves two-year trade waiver for Pakistan; Russia halts animal imports from parts of EU over virus; Eurozone consumer confidence ends 10-month drop

This Week's Top Stories

1. Race to fix Greek debt relief gathers pace
2. EU signs orders for new Galileo space satellites
3. EU opens antitrust probe against Samsung
4. WTO approves two-year trade waiver for Pakistan
5. Russia halts animal imports from parts of EU over virus
6. Eurozone consumer confidence ends 10-month drop

Publisher's Note

The European Commission provoked much reaction this week by prohibiting the proposed merger between Deutsche Börse and NYSE Euronext, on the basis of the EU Merger Regulation.

Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia insisted the decision was made purely with regard to underlying European economic fundamentals. The two companies were the only real competitors in the market in European financial derivatives, of which the combined company would control 90 per cent.

Deutsche Börse and NYSE have now cancelled their merger, and said the announcement was a "dark day" for Europe and the EU was "out of touch with reality". The Commission, however, believes it had no alternative.
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Regards,

Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

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1. Race to fix Greek debt relief gathers pace

Officials took the first steps Tuesday in a high-pressure bid to wrap up a massive debt relief deal for Greece within a week. Pressure to accelerate action and reach a deal has also risen with experts predicting that Portugal may need its own restructuring or second bailout later this year.
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2. EU signs orders for new Galileo space satellites

The EU on Thursday signed contracts with German and French engineering firms to build and launch another eight satellites for Europe's Galileo geopositioning system.
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3. EU opens antitrust probe against Samsung

European regulators have opened an antitrust probe against Samsung Electronics to determine whether the South Korean group has distorted competition in European mobile device markets.
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4. WTO approves two-year trade waiver for Pakistan

The World Trade Organization has approved a waiver allowing 75 Pakistani products duty free access to European markets for two years to help textile exports after devastating floods in 2010.
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5. Russia halts animal imports from parts of EU over virus

Russia is suspending live-animal imports from parts of Europe over fears of a newly discovered virus that causes birth defects in sheep, goat and cattle.
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6. Eurozone consumer confidence ends 10-month drop

Consumer and business confidence in the 17-nation eurozone improved slightly in January, halting a 10-month decline, official data showed on Monday.
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