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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USA != World
by mallard on Wed 27th Sep 2006 00:21 UTC
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Oh look, another example of the US government trying to pressure forgien governments.
The current adminstration don't seem to get that the US government is exactly that, the government of the USA and contrary to popular belief, the USA does not rule the world and has no right to interfere with the governments of soverign states.

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RE: USA != World
by Coxy on Wed 27th Sep 2006 08:42 in reply to "USA != World"
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well said

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RE: USA != World
by ahalsey on Wed 27th Sep 2006 19:36 in reply to "USA != World"
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Calm down. The EU has been taking an increasingly stringent interpretation of antitrust law. If trade partners have different interpretations of antitrust law this could jeapordize fair trade. In an extreme case, a nation could use antitrust rulings against foreign companies as a protectionist means. It is entirely proper for trade-partners to discuss such things. Let's not be so quick to escalate the most trivial of things into international disputes -- there are enough of those already -- we don't need to fabricate new ones out of thin air.

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