Brussels has Google in its sights as the EU looks to impose the first of a set of three antitrust decisions on the American multinational technology company.
Google is accused of abusing search market dominance in its the Google Shopping service, with the EU reportedly set to slap a huge fine on the US tech giant. It is believed by people familiar with the seven year investigation that the fine could be record breaking and is expected to surpass the €1bn fine issued to Intel in 2009.
This EU fine will further sour the relationship between the EU and the United States, recently made tenser by the exit of the U.S. from the Paris climate accord in recent weeks.
The Google fine also follows other penalties issued to US companies, with a €13 billion tax bill recenlty imposed against Apple. The iPhone maker was accused by the EU of holding a sweetheart tax deal with Irish tax authorities that the EU said amounted to illegal state aid.