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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