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European Commission Candidate Pointedly Calls Google a Monopoly in EU

2:36 pm on May 2, 2014 (gmt 0)

The European Parliamentís president, Martin Schulz, raised the issue Monday as he sparred with political rivals in a debate about the upcoming European elections.

The EUís rigorous antitrust rules meant that even a humble shoe shop could be considered a monopoly if it wasnít deemed to have a direct competitor, Mr. Schulz said.

ďBut Google has a monopoly in Europe entirely and nobody even discusses [it] Ö Thatís why the instrument of competition in that case is a very important one,Ē he said.

His comments suggest that if he were to get the top job at the EUís executive body later this year he would pursue the issue of Googleís dominance, particularly if the case is still open.

9:55 pm on May 2, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Interesting. I keep reading here in the UK that Almunia's ridiculous anti-trust deal with Google is on, is off, is definitely on, will definitely fall in the face of stiff opposition. A lot of influential people over here are VERY upset about it.

Time for Google to do some 'lobbying' while they still can I reckon.

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