High gas costs make governments suspicious.

In Germany and the UK, gasoline corporations face fresh government examinations to establish whether high fuel prices are the consequence of anti-competitive actions.

All three countries are hurting as gas prices increase after the Russia-Ukraine conflict. A gallon of petrol in the US reached $5 for the first time ever over the weekend. 

Oil corporations may argue the tax incentive has been outpaced by production and transport costs. 

The government will investigate the refining and wholesale gasoline sectors to discover whether cost escalations are causing the pump price surge.

The German government has pledged heavy penalties for anti-competitive behaviour, but such investigations seldom result in punishment.

Companies can't be obliged to provide consumers tax cuts. Competition watchdogs may only investigate if oil corporations collude to keep prices high, which is hard to show legally.

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