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European Commission Candidate Pointedly Calls Google a Monopoly in EU

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

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

The EU’s rigorous antitrust rules meant that even a humble shoe shop could be considered a monopoly if it wasn’t deemed to have a direct competitor, Mr. Schulz said.

“But Google has a monopoly in Europe entirely and nobody even discusses [it] … That’s why the instrument of competition in that case is a very important one,” he said.

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

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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.