European Parliament calls for Google's breakup to end ongoing antitrust probe

Summary: Europe's parliament is reportedly ready to call for Google's breakup, three years into a probe investigating the company's business practices.


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The European Parliament is expected to soon call for the 'unbundling' of Google's search business from the rest of its commerical operators.


The move is aimed at reducing the search giant's search and advertising monopoly in the 28 member state bloc, amid three-year-old concerns over the company's business practices.


Draft documents seen by The Financial Times show the European People's Party (EPP) and the European Socialists & Democrats (S&D), the largest parties by seats in the European Parliament with more than half the votes, back a motion that calls for the search giant to split up.


'Unbundling [of] search engines from other commercial services' could be a viable solution to appeasing those concerned by Google's dominance in the European market, the publication cited the motion as saying.


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