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EU probes Google search - EUbusiness Week 512


02-12-2010

EUbusiness Week 512 top stories: Bailout turmoil weighing on growth, warns EU; New eurozone mechanism implicates private investors; EU to toughen rules on air freight; First EU chemicals database shows 400 dangerous substances; EU probes French digital TV channel allocations; Russia overflight fees to end with WTO accession

This Week's Top Stories

1. Bailout turmoil weighing on growth, warns EU
2. New eurozone mechanism implicates private investors
3. EU to toughen rules on air freight
4. First EU chemicals database shows 400 dangerous substances
5. EU probes French digital TV channel allocations
6. Russia overflight fees to end with WTO accession

Publisher's Note

Europe has formally opened an antitrust probe into Google, after rivals accused it of rigging the online search market. Smaller companies accuse the Internet king of "unfavourable treatment" in both unpaid and sponsored search results, and "preferential placement" of Google's own services, such as YouTube, book-scanning and telephony.

Google holds more than 90 per cent of Europe's search market, says Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia, so it is right that his department should monitor closely companies that might abuse their dominant position. However, it is not right that firms such as comparison sites, who exist on the back of search engines and are often an obstacle to searchers finding what they are want, should receive preferential treatment.
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Nick Prag
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1. Bailout turmoil weighing on growth, warns EU

The European Union warned Monday that the turmoil over eurozone debt is now a threat to growth, which will slow next year, as markets gave a cool response to Ireland's rescue.
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Euro crisis serious, but Ireland to recover: IMF chief

2. New eurozone mechanism implicates private investors

A new eurozone facility to take effect in mid-2013 would for the first time engage private investors in the rescue of countries in financial jeopardy, but only on a case by case.
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3. EU to toughen rules on air freight

The Commission plans to toughen security controls for air freight in the wake of last month's parcel bombs scare, Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas said on Monday.
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4. First EU chemicals database shows 400 dangerous substances

More than 400 chemicals that cause cancer, mutations or reproductive problems are being used in the European Union, says the European Chemicals Agency said in Helsinki.
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5. EU probes French digital TV channel allocations

EU competition authorities are questioning France's allocation of digital space for extra channels to some of its biggest commercial broadcasters.
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6. Russia overflight fees to end with WTO accession

Russia's "discriminatory charges" levied on European airlines for their right to fly over Siberia will be dropped after the country joins the WTO, an EU official said on Monday.
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Ireland: the euro sank to a two-month low Monday in a nervous first reaction to the multibillion-dollar bailout for Ireland that European governments hoped would steady the currency.
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