A European Parliament motion took a vote in favor of the controversial initiative, separating out the search business from the company’s other activities.
“In a vote in Strasbourg, 384 legislators voted in favor of the controversial initiative, with 174 against and 56 abstentions […] Clear adoption by the EP of Digital Single Market motion, including unbundling for search engine if needed,” tweeted Ramon Tremosa I Balcells, a lawmaker from Spain who backed the proposal.
Although the resolution does not have any actual power, other than showing the feelings of Parliament to the European Commission. This power remains firmly in the hands of the European Commission, which is the executive body responsible for proposing legislation. The European Commission have the power to force a breakup of Google’s businesses, but only its European subsidiaries.
Many European politicians believe that Google’s dominant market position is a threat to the continent’s digital economy.
“Many suppliers and providers don’t really have genuine access to consumers because there is market dominance by certain search engines.” Evelyne Gebhardt, Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
However, this sentiment is not shared by all politicians, so we only can wait to see how this will end up.