The European Union has been battling with Google over antitrust complaints for years, with the European Commission — the part of the EU responsible for enforcing and writing the Union's laws — accusing the company of abusing its dominant position in a number of markets. This history of informal probes and official complaints dates back to 2010, and includes the US company's search, shopping, advertising, mobile, and mapping businesses. So far, though, the EU has yet to levy any fines against Google, which has consistently denied acting in a monopolistic fashion.
The company demoted rivals and unfairly promoted its own services, says the EU
"To ignore competition with Apple is to miss the defining feature of today’s competitive smartphone landscape."
It's all about the Play Store
New 130-page response suggests it's going to be a long fight
The company argues its results have only helped users
Europe's parliament is prepared to throw down with the search giant, with a plan calling for the "unbundling [of] search engines from other commercial services."
After 18 months of investigation into Google's search practices, the European Commission has found four particular areas of concern where the search engine giant may be exploiting its market dominance to the detriment of competition.