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EU/US: For US antitrust activism, Brussels is the place to be

 |  February 6, 2013

As Washington’s reputation as a “broken” spot for policy-making continues to grow, US lobbyists, activists and organizations are increasingly traveling to Brussels to promote their agendas, especially when it comes to antitrust issues. Among the most prominent examples of the new trend is the recent cases against Google, which ended quietly in the US but rages on among European regulators. Along with Google, Facebook and the US Chamber of Commerce all have lobbyists in Europe. In 2009 another notable addition to this trend occurred, when activist group Knowledge Ecology International asked the European Commission to block a merger between Sun Microsystems and Oracle; the result was a delay in the merger, though it was eventually approved in 2010 after speculative pressure from the US.


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