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Thyssenkrup and Tata Steel deal to be vetoed by EU

Steel worker takes a steel sample at a blast furnace run by ThyssenKrupp in Duisburg, Germany
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Thyssenkrup and Tata Steel are expecting to receive objections from the European Commission over their steel joint venture.

Sources have told Reuters that EU antitrust regulators will hand out a statement of objections to the two firms, setting out serious competition concerns.

"As soon as the statement of objections has arrived we will thoroughly examine the Commission's arguments," a spokesman for Thyssenkrupp said, adding the group continued to be confident that the transaction could be closed in early 2019.

Thyssenkrupp and Tata

Port Talbot is the UK's biggest steelworks
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Port Talbot is the UK's biggest steelworks

Thyssenkrupp has told Reuters expects to receive in the course of the week a statement of objections from the European Commission over its planned joint venture with Tata Steel.

The European Commission said in October it was concerned customers would face higher prices and fewer suppliers if the merger was allowed to go ahead.

The deal includes the UK's biggest steelworks, at Port Talbot in Wales.

Severe accident: M4 Neath Port Talbot westbound

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M4 Neath Port Talbot westbound severe accident, at J41 for A48 Pentyla-Baglan Road Baglan.

M4 Neath Port Talbot - Slow traffic on M4 westbound at J41, A48 (Baglan), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M4 Neath Port Talbot eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Neath Port Talbot eastbound severe accident, from J42 for A483 Swansea East to J41 for A48 Pentyla-Baglan Road Baglan.

M4 Neath Port Talbot - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M4 eastbound from J42, A483 (Swansea East) to J41, A48 (Baglan), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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Severe accident: M4 Neath Port Talbot eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Neath Port Talbot eastbound severe accident, after J40 for A4107 Tanygroes Street Port Talbot.

M4 Neath Port Talbot - Slow traffic on M4 eastbound after J40, A4107 (Port Talbot), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. All lanes have been re-opened.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M4 Neath Port Talbot westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Neath Port Talbot westbound severe disruption, between J38 for A48 Margam Road and J40 for A4107 Tanygroes Street Port Talbot.

M4 Neath Port Talbot - One lane closed on M4 westbound between J38, A48 (Margam) and J40, A4107 (Port Talbot), because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M4 Neath Port Talbot eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Neath Port Talbot eastbound severe accident, from J42 for A483 Swansea East to J41 for A48 Pentyla-Baglan Road Baglan.

M4 Neath Port Talbot - M4 closed eastbound from J42, A483 (Swansea East) to J41, A48 (Baglan), because of an accident involving two cars. Diversion in operation - Police are diverting traffic off at J42 along the A48 to rejoin at J41.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M4 Neath Port Talbot eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Neath Port Talbot eastbound severe accident, at J41 for A48 Pentyla-Baglan Road Baglan.

M4 Neath Port Talbot - M4 partially blocked eastbound at J41, A48 (Baglan), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M4 Neath Port Talbot eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Neath Port Talbot eastbound severe disruption, from J42 for A483 Swansea East to J41 for A48 Pentyla-Baglan Road Baglan.

M4 Neath Port Talbot - One lane closed on M4 eastbound from J42, A483 (Swansea East) to J41, A48 (Baglan), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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Severe accident: M4 Neath Port Talbot westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Neath Port Talbot westbound severe accident, from J38 for A48 Margam Road to J40 for A4107 Tanygroes Street Port Talbot.

M4 Neath Port Talbot - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M4 westbound from J38, A48 (Margam) to J40, A4107 (Port Talbot), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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