EU set to approve Microsoft/Nokia deal says Reuters

Citing “two people familiar with the matter” Reuters report that the EU is set to approve Microsoft’s $7.30 billion purchase of Nokia’s handset division.

Microsoft has not been the best of friends with the EU’s anti-trust watchdog, but it seems they will not be throwing any obstacles in the way of the sale.

"The (European) Commission is expected to clear the deal without conditions," one of the people said

The final decision is expected by the 4th December, with Russia, India, Turkey and Israel already having given their approval.

Both commission spokesman for competition policy, Antoine Colombani and Microsoft declined to comment.

Microsoft has however previously said they expect the deal to conclude early next year.

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