The European Commission (EC) has been outspoken lately in its defense of Air Italy as a European Union (EU) carrier. And the EC been equally outspoken on the need for strong safeguards to guarantee fair conditions for competition, including in its recently initialed Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement with the State of Qatar. But the EC been regrettably silent where these two issues intersect: in Qatar Airways’ use of Qatari government subsidies to fund Air Italy, enabling the ...

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