EU antitrust czar nears end of term with dragons to slay

The clock is ticking for the European Union’s antitrust czar, whose extensive powers put him in the front line of battles with some of the titans of the global economy.European Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia aims to take landmark decisions on the alleged abuse of dominant market positions by U.S. search engine king Google and Russian gas monopoly Gazprom in his remaining time.

Despite deep misgivings among software rivals, he seems poised to strike a deal with Google after having rejected the company’s first two rounds of concessions, a senior EU official said. He was speaking on condition of anonymity because of the confidentiality of competition regulation.

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