Google’s Steely Foe in Europe

Margrethe Vestager, the European Union’s commissioner for competition, who last week took on the colossus that is Google, has a reputation for toughness.She is also an accomplished knitter.Last year, as Ms. Vestager was leaving her job as Denmark’s minister of the economy, she gave her successor a hand-knit toy elephant — she often works on them during staff meetings — noting that the animals “bear no grudge, but they remember well.” see:Editorial: Europe’s Tough Case Against Google
The charge in the European Commission’s antitrust complaint against Google may be relatively easy to explain — the company tried to steer people to its own comparison-shopping service. But it won’t be easy to show that Google’s tactic actually hurt its rivals — or hurt consumers by limiting their choices.Europe’s commissioner in charge of competition, Margrethe Vestager, last week accused Google of damaging competing businesses by making their websites hard to find when shoppers search for products. Because Google has more than 90 percent of the market for Internet searches in most European countries, Ms. Vestager says the company violated European Union antitrust rules.

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