by Mike ‘Mish’ Shedlock
The anti-free trade consortium in Brussels is leveling more charges at Google. The EU nannycrats just cannot stand or deal with a successful business that people like.
The Financial Times reports Brussels Piles New Charges on Google as Vestager Digs In.
Brussels launched another volley of competition complaints against Google on Thursday, marking the latest gambit in a protracted antitrust saga.
Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s competition enforcer, issued two extra sets of charges against the US group, alleging that it abused its search clout to muscle out smaller rivals in online advertising and shopping comparison markets.
However, rather than significantly broadening the regulatory assault against Google, the moves largely consolidate the European Commission’s position as it edges towards infringement decisions and possible fines. These would only come to pass in 2017 at the earliest — some eight years after the first complaint against Google was filed.