Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Sep 2006 23:04 UTC
Legal European competition commissioner Neelie Kroes said the US government tried to influence its decision over a 280.5 mln eur fine for software giant Microsoft, newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad said. The US embassy in Brussels had contacted Kroes and asked her to be a bit 'nicer' to Microsoft before she had taken the decision to fine Microsoft in July, Kroes said in an interview.
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Heh ...
by Riddic on Tue 26th Sep 2006 23:40 UTC
Riddic
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2005-10-05

Pays off to "purchase" a couple of politicians, apparently.
I hope Kroes gives them the finger.

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RE: Heh ...
by tomcat on Wed 27th Sep 2006 00:00 in reply to "Heh ..."
tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

Pays off to "purchase" a couple of politicians, apparently.

Same goes for Kroes, apparently. I'm sure that MS's competitors absolutely loooooooooove this chick.

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RE[2]: Heh ...
by Tyr. on Wed 27th Sep 2006 00:08 in reply to "RE: Heh ..."
Tyr. Member since:
2005-07-06

Pays off to "purchase" a couple of politicians, apparently.

Same goes for Kroes, apparently. I'm sure that MS's competitors absolutely loooooooooove this chick.


Well I would expect the US to at least speak on behalf of what is a large taxpayer for them. As long as there is no exerting of actual pressure I don't see a problem with that.

And the both of you should provide evidence before spouting random accusations like that.

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RE[2]: Heh ...
by ronaldst on Wed 27th Sep 2006 00:44 in reply to "RE: Heh ..."
ronaldst Member since:
2005-06-29

Same goes for Kroes, apparently. I'm sure that MS's competitors absolutely loooooooooove this chick.

LOL so true. It's very important that you brought that up.

There is a lesson to be here: It's hateful people and subpar companies, in this case Euro-bureaucrats trying for popularity contest instead of doing their job and companies like Adobe, to that screw this industry up.

Bottom line: It's pathetic. What MS did was about the same as Nintendo. Get over it. -_-

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RE: Heh ...
by ozonehole on Wed 27th Sep 2006 16:41 in reply to "Heh ..."
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2006-01-07

Pays off to "purchase" a couple of politicians, apparently.

You're not being fair. The USA has the best politicians that money can buy.

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RE: Heh ...
by KenJackson on Wed 27th Sep 2006 18:32 in reply to "Heh ..."
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2005-07-18

Pays off to "purchase" a couple of politicians, apparently.

One could argue that it is the job of The US embassy in Brussels to look out for the interests of US citizens and US companies. Kroes was wrong to call it "an intervention which cannot stand...".

But the rest of the sentence is true, "Like all companies great and small, Microsoft is not above the law."

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