Nord Stream operators fail with lawsuit against EU gas directive

The 1200-kilometer Nord Stream pipeline has been carrying Russian gas under the Baltic Sea from Russia to Germany since 2012. In parallel, the new Nord Stream 2 line has been under construction since 2017. In May 2019, new EU rules for gas pipes came into force, which can mean significant new requirements for operators. The […]

Facebook buys GIF platform GIFy

Facebook The grip on Giphy comes after months of debate over whether custodians should have been more restrictive in previous takeovers by Facebook and other technology giants. (Photo: dpa) Menlo Park Facebook takes over the popular provider of animated pictures Giphy. The platform for short clips is to be assigned to Facebook’s Instagram photo service, […]

EU Commission sets conditions for state aid

Margrethe Vestager The EU competition commissioner wants “that taxpayers are paid sufficiently”. (Photo: AFP) Brussels The EU Commission clears the way for state participation in companies in the corona crisis. The Brussels competition authorities, however, attach the approval to a number of conditions: For example, companies that are supported by EU member states with capital […]

Bundesnetzagentur confirms EU regulation for Nord Stream 2

Nord Stream 2 Participants expect Nord Stream 2 AG to appeal against the Federal Network Agency’s decision. (Photo: Reuters) Berlin The Federal Network Agency rejects Nord Stream 2 AG’s application to exempt the Baltic Sea pipeline from EU regulation. This emerges from the tenor of the intended decision, which the Federal Network Agency sent to […]

Setback for corona policy: Vestager slows down Altmaier

Berlin, Brussels The letter that Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier (CDU) sent to the “Dear Ms. Vice President” of the EU Commission on April 17, is characterized by selected courtesy. At least in the first two paragraphs. He would like to “thank you very much” that “the cooperation with your directorate general” had been […]

Taking your cell phone number will be significantly cheaper

Make calls on your smartphone As of this Monday, customers can be billed for a mobile phone number with a maximum of EUR 6.82. (Photo: dpa) Dusseldorf Changing a mobile phone contract is not an easy task for many customers in Germany. Operators often charged 30 euros today for taking the number with them. The […]

According to the BGH, Amazon providers are not liable for customer reviews

Federal Court of Justice The BGH finally refused to pay a contractual penalty against an Amazon dealer on Thursday. (Photo: AP) Karlsruhe Vendors who sell their product on Amazon are not responsible for misleading customer reviews. The Federal Court of Justice (BGH) decided this on Thursday and thus finally refused to pay a contractual penalty. […]

Google wants to defend itself against billions in cartel fines in the EU

Google Carpet The court’s decision could be groundbreaking for the future dealings of the European Union with US companies and possible market abuse and is expected in the coming year. (Photo: AP) Brussels Google’s mother Alphabet wants to take action against the first of three juicy EU antitrust sentences before Europe’s second highest court. EU […]

US court approves merger of T-Mobile US and Sprint

Sprint and T-Mobile branches in New York The merger of the two US mobile operators has passed an important hurdle. (Photo: imago images / wolterfoto) New York, Dusseldorf The Deutsche Telekom subsidiary T-Mobile US has cleared a last decisive hurdle for the multi-billion dollar merger with the rival Sprint. The judge in charge of a […]

Judge could approve merger on Tuesday

T-Mobile / Sprint T-Mobile and Sprint had already announced the merger project in April 2018. (Photo: AP) new York Deutsche Telekom is apparently on the verge of reaching its goal in the United States: the Bonn-based company announced on Tuesday morning via ad hoc announcement that the responsible US court is likely to publish its […]