Google's EU antitrust battle: A timeline of the major milestones

The story behind the multi-billion euro fines issued by the EU to Google for breaching competition rules


The European Commission has slapped Google with three massive fines as part of a wide-ranging antitrust investigation. 

In June 2017, Google was fined €2.4 billion (£2.1 billion) for abusing its market share to illegally provide an advantage to its own Shopping service. The next year it was hit with an even bigger penalty: a record €4.34 billion (£3.9 billion) fine for abusing the market dominance of its Android operating system to extend the reach of Google's search engine.

A third followed in March 2019, when EU regulators hit the company with a $1.7 billion (£1.28 billion) fine for blocking advertising rivals, and more could be on the way.

We look at the major milestones in the EU's case against Google.

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