Google has had plenty of battles throughout Europe for years, but now it could be facing its biggest yet. According to a new report, the European parliament is about to call for a break-up of the company, which would see its search business separated from the rest of the company.
This is according to the Financial Times, which claims to have seen a draft motion that says, “’unbundling [of] search engines from other commercial services’ should be considered as a potential solution to Google’s dominance,” and that it is backed by both the European People’s Party and the Socialists. It reports:
Ramon Tremosa, a Spanish MEP who is sponsoring the motion, said it was necessary to consider unbundling as a long-term solution, because the commission could not “ask the secret of [Google’s] algorithm”.
Google is not commenting for the time being, but wow, this is going to get interesting. We’ll no doubt be hearing plenty more about this in the coming days and weeks. A vote is reportedly expected on Thursday.
Google’s five-year antitrust battle with the EU continues as incoming commissioner Margrethe Vestager will hear from both sides before making a final decision on that.
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