Google anti-trust foes see friend in new E.U. antitrust head


After waiting more than four years for Brussels to resolve his anti-trust complaint against Google Inc. [fortune-stock symbol= »GOOG »] while traffic to his website plunged by 80% percent, Michael Weber of German online mapping service held out little hope of success. Until now.

He says a meeting with the new antitrust chief of the European Commission has left him with newfound hope that Brussels will take action at last to curb behaviour by the U.S. Internet giant, which he blames for hurting his business.

Danish politician Margrethe Vestager, who took over the EU competition portfolio in November, inherited an anti-trust complaint by more than a dozen companies against Google, left unresolved by her Spanish predecessor Joaquin Almunia.

Almunia launched an investigation in 2010 and initially concluded that Google may have hurt competitors by favouring its own products and services in search results and blocking advertisers from moving their campaigns…

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