The European Union's antitrust body is again rejecting Google's offer to settle a case claiming it abuses its dominant position in Internet searches.
The 28-nation bloc's competition authority said Tuesday it is "now in contact with Google to see if they are ready to offer solutions" to improve their proposed settlement.
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Google Inc. and the EU reached a third tentative settlement in February, which was then announced by EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia with much fanfare as a breakthrough in the four-year-old investigation.
But Almunia backtracked in an interview Monday. His spokesman Antoine Colombani said Tuesday that the plaintiffs — Google's competitors — have provided new data on how the latest proposed settlement would be problematic. He added: "we consider that some of them should be taken in consideration."