One law for American tech companies and another for one Russian gas company?
In June, the European Union fined Google €2.42 billion—the largest antitrust penalty in EU history against an individual company. In 2016, Apple was ordered to repay Ireland €13 billion in back taxes—the largest repayment order in the history of EU state aid law. Meanwhile, the EU’s case against Gazprom—which has been running since 2011—may lead this fall to a slightly inconvenient reordering of the Russian energy conglomerate’s business practices. It is not unreasonable for Google’s Larry Page and Apple’s Tim Cook to feel there is one EU antitrust law for American tech giants and another for Gazprom.