It seems to be open hunting season across much of Europe. The prey: big American companies that, in the eyes of many, are too dominant in internet-based services ranging from search and social media to shopping and online television.

Are these complaints legitimate? Or are they a symptom of a dangerous drift towards a kind of digital mercantilism, which aims to protect European companies fromĀ foreign competitionĀ by covering them in the protective cloak of discriminatory laws?

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  • Carl Bildt

    Carl Bildt is a CIGI distinguished fellow, effective December 2014. A renowned diplomat, he served as prime minister of Sweden from 1991 to 1994, and foreign minister from 2006 to 2014. Carl currently serves as Chair of the Global Commission on Internet Governance, a joint initiative between CIGI and Chatham House.