Pull quote 3: These are innovations that have changed our societies. But ... if you’re a dominant company, you have a special responsibility. Margrethe Vestager moves along the corner table’s leather banquette and sits down beside me, our knees almost touching at right angles. She’s smiling. I stare at the knife, fork and aquavit glass neatly laid opposite, and the empty wooden chair she has breezed past. Our table in a cosy basement restaurant in Copenhagen comfortably seats four; we’re sharing space for one-and-a-half. This, I think, is what it’s like to be wrong-footed by the world’s canniest anti-trust enforcer.The experience puts me in fine company. It is not even three years since Vestager moved from Danish politics to the European Commission, but she has already smashed almost every EU cartel-busting, fine-setting, back-tax-chasing record going. There is arguably no corporate regulator in the democratic world who wields such unchecked power, nor any that is so willing to use ...

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