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We told you so – UPC Ziggo merger was big Commission mistake

The merger of Liberty Global’s UPC and Ziggo in the Netherlands three years ago, is one of the only times that Faultline Online Reporter made a prediction which turned out to be wrong. It was the habit of the European Commission acting consistently over a period of two decades prior that fooled us. It now turns out that in principle Faultline was right, and the deal should never have been allowed to go ahead. An appeal by rival KPN, under intense competitive pressure from the merged entity, has convinced the European Court of Justice to overturn the European Commission’s approval of the merger. So what now? There are two schools of thought – one that it is just a matter…

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