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WEBER ATTACKS EU ON STAR

Labeling it "re-regulation through the back door," and "irrational," Lufthansa Chairman and CEO Jurgen Weber criticized expected intervention by EU Competition Commissioner Karel Van Miert to require United, Lufthansa and SAS to reduce service on certain hub-to-hub routes and surrender reportedly over 100 slots at Frankfurt and other airports to accommodate new entrants.

"The successes of market liberalization are being called into question," Weber warned in a verbal assault on EU regulators at a news conference in Frankfurt. Weber said Lufthansa would use legal action to resist ideologically based proposals.

Weber got help from an unlikely quarter after Charles Hunnicutt, the top competition regulator at the U. …

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