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The European Union and the United Kingdom are at odds again, this time over whether to approve the proposed $68.7 billion merger of Microsoft and Activision Blizzard. The EU has been expected to approve the Windows giant's takeover of the video games house for some time, with some sources saying in March that the bloc would be …

  1. jemmyww

    The UK and US are the ones actually enforcing anti-competitive rules now and the EU not? Feels like a Trojan horse.

    1. Phones Sheridan Silver badge

      The only enforcement that matters here is the one from the US. The UK blocking the deal is here nor there. The US has the teeth to block the deal.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      The EU part involves Brussels, which has been a hotbed of corruption lobbying for decades.

      It's not by accident they located that in Belgium..

  2. David 164

    There were whisper's of the CMA authorizing the deal and then they said no. So how about we wait see what the fat lady sings first.

  3. naive

    The EU is flirting with future anti-competition fines

    Over the last decade EU managed to extort lovely sums from MS, they only approve it so they can in a few years instruct the EU court to start suing MS for anti competitive behavior, squeezing out a few 100 millions to refresh the pool of 8-cylinder limousines used by "those who are more equal than others".

  4. Spanners Silver badge
    Big Brother

    Could this be?

    That rarest of rare things, a genuine positive benefit of Brexit?

    Or is it just that without any British influence, the EU is easier to "influence"?

    1. Tron Silver badge

      Re: Could this be?

      You think that Microsoft and Activision software no longer functioning in the UK would be a good thing, if the UK was the only entity to block it?

      I didn't think there was much left for the Tories to wreck, but maybe there is.

      1. druck Silver badge

        Re: Could this be?

        The CMA is not part of the UK government, Tory or otherwise.

        But now you mention it, Microsoft pulling out of the UK could be a massive bonus, saving us from falling down the AI crap hole.

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