Europe's Trustbuster Rolls Up His Sleeves

But Monti's powers may not be enough for his huge agenda

Mario Monti hardly looks like a ferocious trustbuster. The European Union's new Competition Commissioner couldn't contrast more in style from his flamboyant predecessor, Karel van Miert, who made waves for the six years he pushed for open markets in Europe. A grizzled Belgian politician, van Miert loved the occasional shouting match with an opponent. The 56-year-old Monti, by contrast, was a soft-spoken economics professor at Italy's Bocconi University before coming to Brussels as a tax expert in 1995.

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