EU is desperately trying to get money from Google, they can't close the tax loops because they will lose big time, so France is pushing hard to fine Google for bullshit privacy violation. http://economictimes.indiatimes.com...-rules-french-agency/articleshow/18558947.cms Also this month Google has agreed to pay ?60m to help French newspapers develop their internet presence. Google din this in several country's, Why would Google bother paying them and trying to negotiate when they can just: Inflate the advertising cost, Lower the adsense earnings, Lower the traffic on the biggest news websites Develop some glitches on the stock monitor Increase SERP of negative articles about the biggest company's in France and about the awful tourist attractions Decrease the speed of search query's, Make business related search results less relevant, like on Bing. And I am sure they can think about many more thinks they can do. I do not hate Google but I hate the Stealing, Lying, European governments.