Google and EU Ready to Call Off Anti-Competition Battle

By Gary Cutlack on at

The EU and Google might be ready to end their fight over the search giant's manipulation of results to favour listings for its own stuff, after Google suggested some alterations to its methods that seem to have gone down quite well with European Commission bosses.

Joaquin Almunia, vice president of the European Commission, said of Google's proposed changes: "Now, with the significant improvements on the table, I think we have the possibility to work again and seek to find an effective solution. What we need now is to receive concrete technical elements on the effectiveness of the proposed package in order to conclude whether this new proposal is satisfactory from a competition point of view."

A consortium of competitors, including Microsoft, will be allowed to look at Google's proposals, although they won't be able to have any further input before the European Commission chiefs come to their final conclusion. [Telegraph]