German ministers call for EU action on Google search – Telecompaper

Four German ministers have sent a joint letter to the European Commission, urging the EU's executive arm to consider legislation to regulate internet platforms so "positions of economic power remain open to competition". The 11-page paper, whose lead signatory is the German economics minister Sigmar Gabriel, argues it may be necessary to introduce "platform neutrality" to tackle abuses of dominance, either through tough antitrust enforcement or new legislation, the Financial Times reports. The German ministers urge Brussels to use the lure of Europe's domestic market and its political power to "stand up to global actors" such as Google. The ministers write that a joint Franco-German working group has developed proposals aimed at regulating digital platforms that dominate the market. The news comes ahead of an expected vote in the European Parliament on a proposal to require Google to "unbundle" its search engine from its other activities. 




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