Tuesday 23 January 2018

So now you know why Britain chose to walk away from the EU's chicanery

Apple CEO Tim Cook Photo: AP Photo/Richard Drew
Apple CEO Tim Cook Photo: AP Photo/Richard Drew

Ambrose Evans Pritchard

Europe's Competition Directorate commands the shock troops of the EU power structure. Ensconced in its fortress at Place Madou, it can dispatch S-wat teams on corporate dawn raids across Europe without a search warrant.

It operates outside the normal judicial control that we take for granted in a developed democracy. The US Justice Department could never dream of acting in such a fashion.

Known as 'DG Comp', it acts as judge, jury and executioner, and can in effect impose fines large enough to constitute criminal sanctions, but without the due-process protection of criminal law. It misused evidence so badly in pursuit of the US chipmaker Intel that the company alleged a violation of human rights.

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