Originally Posted by nathris
I still don't get what the big deal is.
There isn't a big deal. It's really very simple.
Each country has certain laws regulating how companies operate within markets, within those countries. The EU is a collection of countries, which use collective regulations to manage trade within their jurisdiction.
MS's activities didn't comply with EU Law. The EU asked MS to comply. MS refused. MS got fined. MS appealed. MS lost. MS continues to appeal.
It's ridiculously simple. Want to trade within the EU? Do so within the laws that govern trade there. I still don't "get" what all the fuss is about?
If some big EU company went to the US and started to operate outside of the laws there that govern trade, the US would do exactly the same thing as the EU are doing with MS.
I really don't "get" what all the controversy is about... Are people really suggesting that MS should be allowed to do whatever it wants, regardless of local law? Should there be some special exemption for MS, that doesn't apply for any other company?
When you trade in Rome, you trade as the Romans do. Why all the fuss, name-calling and anti-EU sentiment? The US would do exactly the same if the situation were reversed; as would any other country.
It's really perplexing to me, to try to understand what, exactly, people think is going on here that is outside of the ordinary? What's happening, happens in every country around the world every day. The fines might be bigger, the names more well known, but it's just law being enforced, like any other day of the week. How is this so unusual?
be unusual is if MS were allowed to do whatever it liked within the EU, regardless of EU law. That would truly be exceptional and out of the ordinary. What's going on here (aside from the numbers involved) is perfectly normal and happens everywhere (including in the US) all the time.
I really do not understand the logic behind the venom, spite, derision and contempt directed towards the EU, when it is doing nothing different than takes place in any country, including the US.
Do people seriously think that the EU should suspend its laws to facilitate MS's agendas? Would they advocate their own country doing so for a foreign company, or even a domestic one? Of course not.