EU antitrust chief reverses decision, says Google must improve offer or face charges

The European Union’s antitrust commissioner today said that Google will face charges unless it improves its proposal to settle a four-year antitrust probe. In a speech published Tuesday, Joaquin Alumnia said that complaints from competitors “have given us fresh evidence and solid arguments against several aspects of the latest proposals put forward by Google.” The commissioner added that Google has been informed of the EU’s concerns, and that regulators were awaiting its response.

At issue is the way in which Google displays results from competing companies on its search pages. The company published a settlement proposal in February, promising to display results from three competitors alongside its own services, though it has come under…

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