European Parliament reportedly wants Google to be broken up


The European Parliament is about to call for the “unbundling” of Google’s search business from the rest of its operations, as one potential way to challenge the company’s market dominance, according to a report in the Financial Times.

The FT said Friday that it has seen a draft motion that has the backing of the European People’s Party and the S&D (the Socialists), which are by far the two biggest blocs in the Parliament, with a combined weight of around 55 percent. The motion apparently urges the European Commission – which unlike the Parliament does have the authority to call for a company to be broken up – to “take a tougher line on Google”, in the FT’s words.

The Parliament reportedly would like a break-up to happen as a result of the ongoing antitrust probe into Google’s search tactics – currently on pause as new competition commissioner Margrethe…

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