By Caspar Bussé
It was the social-liberal government of Federal Chancellor Willy Brandt that created a new body in 1973: the Monopoly Commission has been advising the federal government on competition and regulatory issues for almost 50 years. The somewhat bulky-named body is something like competitive consciousness – and in this sense Jürgen Kühling also expresses his wishes for a possible new federal government made up of the SPD, the FDP and the Greens. We must “dare to compete more”, says the law professor from Regensburg of the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Kühling has been chairman of the Monopoly Commission since September 2020. More specifically, he proposes to a coalition of traffic lights to break down Deutsche Bahn and sell the blocks of shares to Post and Telekom.