Europe's Competition Equalizer

Mario Monti is crusading to prevent anyone from getting a strangle hold on the Net

He is a soft-spoken, unemotional former university professor, by all appearances a paragon of academic modesty. But Mario Monti is something much more--as chief of the European Commission's competition office in Brussels, this man's ideas are shaping the boundaries of the New Economy. With Monti and his lieutenants preparing to decide on the propriety of the AOL-Time Warner merger and Vivendi's acquisition of Seagram's media properties, lawyers, lobbyists, and executives are wondering just how this economist views the world.

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