While failing to explain how exactly to enforce a breakup of a US-based company, Sigmar Gabriel said Friday such a move could be a last resort for countries seeking to prevent Google from "systematically crowding out competitors."
The German Economy Minister made those remarks in an op-ed published by the German Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) newspaper, painting an alarming picture of the threat posed to society by Internet companies.
"It's about nothing less than the future of democracy in the digital age and therefore also about the self-determination of 500 million people in Europe," Gabriel commented.Or, about fatuous politicians with weak memories (or weaker scruples). Whither Gary Reback? Microsoft was supposedly going to bring all technological progress to a halt back in the 1990s. Before that it was IBM.
There should be an app for this.