Opinion: Breaking up Google at European Parliament

Picking a fight at such a high level with Google would damage the reputation of the European Parliament, writes Estonian MEP Kaja Kallas.
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Pem Xrjk Gkzint, (Eadl, Estonia) is a Cdpzmm of lhy Ikgalwcwi on Indusuzl, Redzppvn oqk Ecgeab.

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