EU parliament ‘poised to call’ for Google’s breakup

“The European parliament is poised to call for a break-up of Google, in one of the most brazen assaults so far on the technology group’s power,” Henry Mance, Alex Barker and Murad Ahmed report for The Financial Times.

“The gambit increases the political pressure on the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, to take a tougher line on Google, either in its antitrust investigation into the company or through the introduction of laws to curb its reach,” Mance, Barker and Ahmed report. “A draft motion seen by the Financial Times says that ‘unbundling [of] search engines from other commercial services’ should be considered as a potential solution to Google’s dominance. It has the backing of the parliament’s two main political blocs, the European People’s Party and the Socialists.”

“A vote to effectively single out a big US company for censure is extremely rare in the European parliament and is in part a reflection of how Germany’s politicians have turned against Google this year,” Mance, Barker and Ahmed report. “German centre-right and centre-left politicians are the dominant force in the legislature and German corporate champions, from media groups to telecoms, are among the most vocal of Google’s critics.”

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48 Comments

  1. American Outrage is visceral … visceral! I say.

    They deploy the thing they do best
    – American Redneck Nationalism.

    thus ~

    MDN (Nashunal Murikan Dfense) “Cry ‘Havoc!’, and let slip the dogs of war” …to battle the Eurotards, especially the European People’s Party, a political party that inherently shares the same political and social paradigms as the American Republican party … only, a little bit less spikey and a little bit more velvety.

  2. For years Google’s search was much better than the competition. But, over the last few years they began to heavily censor search results and because of this, alternatives like Yahoo search and DuckDuckGo are the better choice.

    The monopoly Google Android has in Europe is a laughable joke. Apple smartphones and computers are vastly superior to Google’s ecosystem. There is no debate. It’s like the difference between a bicycle and a Porsche 911.

    This whole situation is a perfect example of socialism’s aftermath: The result is a general population that becomes complacent and lazy. This lack of motivation and mental stimulus either kills millions of brain cells or thwarts the connections from firing properly. The final result is sheep being easily manipulated by negative marketing and then purchasing/using inferior products. And now, these zombified Europeans need to be saved from the evil Google. Hilarious.

    1. I agree with the assessment of what I call ‘dire socialism’. Whether it actually ‘kills millions of brain cells or thwarts the connections…’ is highly unlikely. From my POV it’s a matter of learned behavior that involves both the Sheeple Factor and the natural response of people creating their own incentives/motivations, typically found in crime.

      (Every ‘communist’ nation swiftly becomes a criminal nation, with long term detrimental effects after the purple haze of ‘communism’ wears off, as seen in modern day Russia).

      Google does plenty of evil on a regular basis. Tracking of victim behavior across the Internet is not acceptable IMHO, although there are tools to stop it dead. But this loon level liberal paranoia regarding Google is beyond the edge. There IS competition to use instead.

  3. I use Duck Duck go as my default search engine, but if I am doing work or looking up tech information, coding info, answers, google is far better. I am of mixed feelings about our lady of perpetual beta: they should not be squashing so many independent development companies by copying inferior free versions of pay software.

    If the EU wants to do something about it, build an open, free EU search Engine that works better than Google – a EUoogle – HELLO EUROPE know any computer scientists?

  4. Check out this BOOT that just fell from the sky:

    European Legislator Urging the Breakup of Google Has Ties to a Law Firm

    Andreas Schwab, a German member of the European Parliament, has been making headlines in the last week after drafting a resolution that calls for the breakup of Google.

    But Mr. Schwab is not just a legislator, he is also “of counsel” at the German law firm CMS Hasche Sigle, which has represented some of the German publishing interests that have been most eager to declaw Google. He earns roughly $15,000 to $75,000 annually from the firm, according to a disclosure filing. The firm’s website lists his expertise as competition policy. . . .

    Mr. Schwab is a member of the center-right European People’s Party. The nonbinding resolution, seen as having a strong chance of approval, comes up for a vote on Thursday.

    IOW: This is high level ‘lobbying’ at work in the EU, aka another oligarchy at work. Or so say I.

    1. And here we go:


      European parliament votes in favor of breaking up Google

      Although the vote is non-binding, it’s a definite setback for the company.

      Well, this isn’t actually what the headline implies:

      Although Google is not named specifically in the resolution, it’s clearly targeted at the dominant search engine.

      IOW: There’s hype/spin/bullshit involved in what we’re reading via the ‘news’ sources. But Google would suffer if this resolution was more than simply EU opinion, which it’s not (so far).

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