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All Quotes by author - Margrethe Vestager
" A woman who wants to go places needs to bring her own ladder. "
" Being a politician, I know how motivating it can be when the public is outraged. "
" Dominant companies can't abuse their position to create advantage in related markets. "
" Elephants are social, thoughtful animals. They live in communities and - I have to say it - in matriarchal societies. They bear no grudge, but they remember well. "
" History shows the power-grab in every religion once it gets organised. And then it's people making you do things that you don't agree with and setting the rules. But it does mean something to me to believe that we are not alone - the human animal is quite a scary thing, left on its own. "
" I do not have an issue with specific countries or companies; what I'm interested in are schemes which allow for preferential treatment, for selectivity... If this has to change, it's countries that will have to change this. "
" If I had a motto, it would be, 'Believe in God, fear the church'. "
" If you're successful in the market, it should be because you have the best products. Then your customers like you, not because then you cut corners, or you get a tax break, or you don't inform authorities about how things actually are. "
" I get all my U.S. politics from 'The Daily Show.' "
" I have a very strong tool in competitional enforcement: To do merger control, to look into cartels, misuse of dominant position - when member states hand out favors, for instance, in terms of tax breaks. But even though that's a strong tool, it cannot solve everything. "
" I know what I need. I don't want people to tell me what I need. "
" I'm quite enthusiastic about any kind of gadget and app and feature and things that enable me to have a very convenient lifestyle. We buy our groceries on the Internet; I buy furniture, clothes for myself and my kids. "
" In Europe, we would congratulate anyone who is successful. But congratulations stop if we find that you start to misuse a dominant position. "
" I think a lot can be said for consolidation, but I think it should be done for the right reasons. "
" I think it is one of the fundamentals, not only of the European Union but also of free trade, that competition is fair. "
" It is very important, to have a robust digital economy, that the citizens regain the trust in how their data are being processed and who can access them. "
" It's my impression that investment in Europe is done for the right reasons. Europe is a very good place to do business; it's a large market. "
" My parents didn't do office hours, and they did not do vacations, so if you had a problem, you could always come around. I watched them and thought, 'OK, this is what you are supposed to do.' I was very engaged in my local primary school and when I went to secondary school and to university. And one thing led to another, and here I am. "
" On Amazon, you find retailers that want Amazon to do part of their services. Those, you don't find to the same degree on Google Shopping. On Google Shopping, you find sort of the bigger brands, those who want to have the customer relationship themselves - the data, the payment details, the search patterns. "
" Part of being not only a liberal but also a human is to make your own decisions. "
" Technology is, in many respects, an enabler for an open, transparent society. But it's also an enabler for supervision to a completely unforeseen degree. And for commercialising personal space to an unforeseen degree. "
" We have to take our democracy back. We cannot leave it to Facebook or Snapchat or anyone else. We have to take democracy back and renew it. Society is about people and not about technology. "
" We want a free market, but we know that the paradox of a 'free' market is that sometimes you have to intervene. You have to make sure it's not the law of the jungle but the laws of democracy that works. "
" What I have come to realize over the twenty years when I have worked in different roles as a legislator is that no legislation is as good as the enforcement of it. "
" When we do merger rulings, we have strict deadlines: 25 days. It is extremely intensive, and you must decide how you can do it before your spouse says, 'You know I still love you, but please spend some more time at home.' "
" You have to teach your algorithm what it can do and what it cannot do because, otherwise, there is a risk that the algorithms will learn the tricks of the old cartels. "
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