Google antitrust case: New EU competition chief wants fresh talks with complainants

Europe’s last antitrust chief, Joaquin Almunia, couldn’t settle his department’s four-year case against Google, keen though he was to do so. Now the new European Commission is in place, his successor, Margrethe Vestager, has said she wants to meet with “those most directly affected” by Google’s anticompetitive practices. That would include vertical search engines such as Yelp and Foundem, publishers and consumer rights groups. “We are talking about fast moving markets – I have to be sure that we have all the facts up to date to get it right,” Vestager said in a Tuesday statement. “The issues at stake in our investigations have a big potential impact on many players… I will therefore need some time to decide on the next steps.”