European Union grapples with the fallout from the Fiona Scott Morton fiasco

20 July 2023 00:00

Duration: 13:07

The ultimately unsuccessful attempt to hire an American competition expert to fill the coveted role of chief economist with the European Commission’s antitrust division has highlighted institutional divisions in the bloc. No-one involved in the Fiona Scott Morton affair has emerged well from the fiasco, which pitted French President Emmanuel Macron against EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager. The controversy has also raised questions about revolving doors with Big Tech and whether an American should ever be considered for key roles in the EU executive.