The TechCrunch Global Affairs Project examines the increasingly intertwined relationship between the technology sector and world politics.
Europe has a well-deserved reputation for regulating big tech and is a leader in privacy, data protection and especially competition. Now a new antitrust law is winding its way through the European Parliament, introducing criteria for identifying large online gatekeepers. But while the Digital Markets Act is expected to target a number of US tech companies, the DMA – and European antitrust and competition policies – when applied strategically, can also be a tool to compete with China.
In recent years, Europe has slowly become aware of China’s challenge to transatlantic technology leadership. Although many Europeans are slowly …