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Questions for Eric Schmidt


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 In the coming days, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt will meet with European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager to discuss the five-year-old antitrust investigation against Google. Reading Mr Schmidt’s recent speech in Berlin and more recent blogs, one has to come to … Continued


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European concern about Google hardens as European Commission investigation continues


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The front-page banner headline in the French newspaper Le Monde on December 17, 2014, captured the spirit of what is going on in Europe: “Le front anti-Google se durcit en Europe,” (“Anti-Google front hardens in Europe”). Google is confronting Member … Continued


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FairSearch Europe Letter to Google’s Eric Schmidt about false claims in Berlin speech


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Lieber Herr Schmidt, We found the speech you held yesterday in Berlin very enlightening. It is indeed of interest that you try to win over Germans concerned with Google’s privacy and competition conduct with your overly rosy picture of Google … Continued


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Statement from FairSearch Europe: New Set of Remedies with Google to Restore Competition


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  Brussels, 1 October 2014 Statement from FairSearch Europe Today, 1 October Joaquin Almunia, European Commissioner for Competition announced that he had negotiated a new set of remedies with Google to restore both competition in the online search market and choice … Continued


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Bloomberg Interview with EU Competition Commissioner Almunia on Google Offer


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Ahead of his presentation on September 10, 2014 at the Georgetown University Global Antitrust Summit, European Commission (EC) Vice President Joaquin Almunia was interviewed by Bloomberg about Google’s proposed settlement. Here is a link to his Bloomberg interview and a … Continued


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FairSearch Europe Initial View: Statement from Thomas Vinje


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FairSearch Europe Initial View: This is a statement from Thomas Vinje, FairSearch Europe Legal Counsel 8 September 2014 – Brussels – FairSearch is encouraged by Commissioner Almunia’s recognition that Google’s third proposed set of commitments, issued after over two years … Continued


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EU Companies and Officials Put Additional Pressure on the EC


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The Open Internet Project, a group of European digital companies, and European politicians are raising further scrutiny of Google’s potential settlement with the European Commission. The group launched a campaign to stop the settlement, arguing that it “would entrench Google’s … Continued