In a speech to industrialists, Juncker said the Commission had only ever blocked 30 mergers and approved more than 6,000.
“This is a message for those who are saying that the commission is composed of blind, stupid, stubborn technocrats,” Juncker told a conference on Tuesday in Brussels. “We believe in competition as long as it is fair for all. We’ll never play politics or play favorites when it comes to ensuring a level playing field.”
A few hours later, the chief executive officer of Alstom said that the European antitrust regulator would probably block the planned combination, while putting pressure on top officials at the commission to overrule the decision.