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Microsoft-backed lobbying groups blast talk of Google-EU deal

Gregg Keizer | Jan. 30, 2014
Slam report of impending antitrust pact, grouse that they should have chance to test and comment on third proposal.

A month ago, Petit predicted that the two would come to an agreement, largely because Joaqun Almunia, the former Spanish politician who as Competition Commissioner heads the EU's antitrust agency, desperately wanted to close the case before he leaves office later this year.

In December, Almunia called Google's third proposal "not acceptable," but Petit read that as a bluff, and said Almunia would make every effort to show he had succeeded with his policy of negotiation rather than litigation by getting Google to sign a deal.


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