A string of European Commission verdicts blocking or modifying proposed mergers and alliances--most recently one involving tour/charter operator Airtours--indicates the EC may be planning to take a tougher position in its dealings with the aviation industry. The move is part of a broad effort to reform and reinvigorate the European administration being undertaken by the new EC team led by Romano Prodi (AW&ST Aug. 23, p. 48). Late last month, the EC prohibited the takeover ...

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