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European champion-ships: industrial champions and competition policy

This blog post investigates the debate on whether European competition rules should foster European industrial champions, or allow national champions to grow to a European scale. It explores the criteria that one would intuitively ascribe to industrial champions, illustrating the difficulties in defining either ‘European’ or ‘Champion’. It then conducts a brief look into whether EU Merger decisions have impeded the formation of ‘European Champions’.

By: Mathew Heim and Catarina Midoes Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: July 26, 2019
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Europe should not fear foreign takeovers

Foreign takeovers are often a source of concern for national governments. Concerns might be of a strategic nature (for example over deals in the defence sector) or of a more economic nature. In the latter cases, the public perception is often that, because they are less physically or psychologically attached to the host country, foreign investors could more easily take decisions that harm the host economy, such as downgrading the acquired company’s brand or cutting jobs or research expenditure.

By: Mario Mariniello Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: December 17, 2014
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The competitive harm of minority shareholding

This video was made following Bruegel Fellow Mario Mariniello‘s Competition Policy Lab ‘Minority shareholding in merger control‘ on 18 July 2013. Tel Aviv University’s Yossi Spiegel discusses the competitive harm of minority shareholding and the European Commission’s ‘call for input’ on minority shareholdings and merger control.

By: Bruegel Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: August 11, 2013