Europe's competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager. Photo by Bloomberg
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Europe’s Regulatory Traffic Jam: The Information’s Tech Briefing

Photo: Europe's competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager. Photo by Bloomberg

European regulators seem to be caught in a traffic jam of cases against big U.S. tech companies. It’s a situation we could easily see develop in the U.S. in the not-too-distant future, an interesting wrinkle that is likely to work to some companies’ advantage.

The logjam in Europe has emerged in recent days as we have been waiting to see European regulators slap Amazon with antitrust charges. A report a few weeks ago suggested the charges could come by late June. Instead, we’re still waiting. One EU official told us charges could come at “any time,” although there has also been a report they could be delayed until after Europe’s August vacation.

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