The chairman of the German Monopolies Commission, Daniel Zimmer, is opposed to a breakup of Internet giant Google, putting him on a collision course with Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, who seeks greater regulation of dominant market players.
That was evident on Monday when the commission presented its special report on competition in digital markets to the government, with Mr. Gabriel at the press conference in Berlin to accept it.
In the report, the commission defended the monopoly position of Internet companies, indirectly including Google.
To some degree, consumers benefit from markets with big players because of the range of products and services they provide and many of them for free, Mr. Zimmer said. The key issue, he stressed, is that the market must remain open for all players.