The European Union has cleared Microsoft’s deal to purchase Nokia’s Devices and Services unit. Microsoft quickly applauded the move. As a Microsoft spokesperson told The Verge: We look forward to the date when our partners at Nokia will become members of the Microsoft family, and are pleased that the European Commission has cleared the deal without conditions. The European approval comes just days after the US Department of Justice also gave Microsoft’s deal the go ahead, and paves the way for the merger to complete early next year. Former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop is now expected to rejoin Microsoft to “lead an expanded Devices team that encompasses Surface, Windows Phone devices, and the Xbox games consoles.