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Google execs hunker down for summer fight with EU as fines loom

Google is a top case for Vestager. It hasn't yet met with regulators to discuss a potential EU order

Aoife White | Bloomberg 

As European Union officials count the days before their annual vacation, Google’s lawyers and lobbyists are hunkering down in Brussels, preparing for what may be a record EU antitrust fine. A penalty in the shopping-search probe could come within weeks and many expect it to exceed a $1.2 billion fine on Intel in 2009. That would be another show of strength by EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager who slapped Apple with a £13 billion ($14.5 billion) tax bill in August. Google is a top priority case for her as European politicians and publishers push for action against ...

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First Published: Mon, June 12 2017. 02:34 IST