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Viking antitrust: The German Facebook case and opportunities ahead

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With Vestager’s new DG COMP, the Commission might be on the verge of a revolution in its Competition law enforcement, referred to as Viking antitrust : a different approach concerning the GAFA, a change regarding state aid rules in a global context, etc. In particular, the Commission will have to tackle challenges regarding the interaction of data protection and Competition law. The recent German Facebook case, handed down by the German NCA and reviewed by a local court, opened exciting perspectives. The possibility of an abuse of dominance on digital platforms, with a tech giant exploiting consumers’ data, is yet to be explored by the Commission. In a context of intense globalization and digitalization, this is a crucial challenge for Europe to take on.