Debate over Google’s dominance takes time

For Google, the moment of truth in Brussels is at hand.While indicating on Wednesday that this week’s deadline for his staff to complete their work on Google has slipped slightly, European competition commissioner Joaquín Almunia made it clear that a decision will follow soon.After more than two years of investigation and plenty of rhetoric that suggests he will not let this pass easily, it is unimaginable that Google will be given a completely clean bill of health. But even people close to the situation in Brussels say it is a close call as to whether Mr Almunia will push ahead with the most prominent transatlantic competition case since Microsoft, or opt instead for a quick settlement with Google.

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