A European proposal to unbundle search engines from other commercial businesses—which could result in the breakup of Google—has brought a response from US lawmakers.
“Capitol Hill hit back at EU lawmakers on Tuesday for politicizing an antitrust investigation into Google, as tensions rose ahead of a European parliamentary vote calling for the possible break-up of the technology group,” the Financial Times reported last night.
Lawmakers sent letters to European counterparts expressing alarm at the proposal. The letters don’t specifically mention Google, the world’s largest search company, but neither does the European draft resolution. That says the European Commission should “consider proposals with the aim of unbundling search engines from other commercial services.” The resolution in the European parliament is likely to pass on Thursday, but it would be nonbinding, because any final action would have to be taken by the European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union.
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