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German publisher Axel Springer acquires Politico

German publishing giant Axel Springer has acquired Politico, according to a news release out Thursday.

Why it matters: The deal is valued at about $1 billion, per CNN, making it one of the most expensive media merger deals of late. Axel Springer also acquired the remaining 50% of the two companies' joint venture, Politico Europe, and the tech news website Protocol from publisher Robert Allbritton.

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