EU Antitrust Chief Defends Google Investigation

Europe’s top antitrust official criticized what he called the “defensive” and “irrational” response by European politicians to his investigation of Google Inc., and said separately that his department may launch more probes into alleged sweetheart tax deals for multinational companies. Spanish-born Joaquín Almunia -- who is preparing to step down as the European Union’s competition commissioner in a few weeks -- said the political pressure that preceded his decision to reopen the four-year-old Google case for a fourth time was unprecedented.