Formal Charges May Be Next in Europe’s Google Antitrust Inquiry

As Europe’s antitrust investigation of Google has dragged on without a settlement for nearly five years, the American technology giant has had some breathing room to continue its domination of Internet search on the Continent.That period of relative freedom for Google may soon come to an end.Margrethe Vestager, the European commissioner overseeing antitrust issues, on Wednesday will make her first trip to Washington to participate in two antitrust conferences. The visit has raised expectations that she could announce the next move in what might be the biggest and most vexing case on her docket.

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