US: EU’s antitrust probe on Google shouldn’t be politically motivated

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The United States on Tuesday noted that it is against European Parliament’s call for splitting up Google’s search engine business from the rest of its commercial operations as it is of the opinion that the EU’s antitrust inquiry into the world’s most popular Internet search engine should not in any manner be influenced by politicians.

The U.S. Mission, headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, in an email sent to the European Union said it “noted with concern” the European Parliament’s Google split up proposal.

“It is important that the process of identifying competitive harms and potential remedies be based on objective and impartial findings and not be politicized,” it said.

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The comments by the U.S. Mission comes less than a week after the European People’s Party (EPP) and the European Socialists & Democrats (S&D), two of the largest parties by seats in the European Parliament, backed a motion that calls out for the search giant’s break up from its other commercial interests as a potential solution to tackle Google’s dominant position in the European search market.

Although the European Parliament lacks the formal authority to split up corporations, a public motion, which is a non-binding resolution, will step up the pressure on the European Commission to act against the search giant.

Google, which has almost 90 per cent of the search market share in the European Union, is currently facing multiple challenges in Europe from European parliamentarians and regulators on a range of issues including privacy, search rankings and copyright.

The European Parliament is expected to vote on the motion on Thursday.