Yes, Europe is unfair to Google
The New York Times
Trump might be right about the $5.1 billion antitrust fine the European Commission slapped on Google, said James Stewart. Europe hasn’t exactly “taken advantage of Google,” as Trump claims; the Silicon Valley company has more than 90 percent of Europe’s search market, a higher share than it has in the U.S. But on the antitrust ruling, Trump has a point. “It’s hard to find any antitrust expert, European or American, who has endorsed the logic or outcome of the ruling.” At the core of the EU’s decision was the supposed “market dominance” in phone operating systems that Google enjoys with Android. The EU ruled that Google had abused its position to require phone makers that use Android and the Google Play app store to also install its Chrome browser and search tools. Superficially, the case is reminiscent of the 1990s-era U.S. antitrust case against Microsoft, in which U.S. regulators charged that Microsoft leveraged its control of Windows to force consumers to use its browser. The difference is that installing rival software on a phone takes only seconds. To justify their decision, European regulators also excluded Apple as a competitor, because it makes “premium-price” phones. It’s almost unimaginable that a U.S. court would claim that Android and Apple’s iOS don’t compete, to reach a similar ruling.