The cited article is wrong. Yes, the publishers complained about Google, though the antitrust investigation is only about Google<->Ciao<->Microsoft and has *nothing* to do with the complaint made by the german news publishers.
Have to agree with netseeker there. The article apparently mixes up different subjects.
Mind you: It's defenitely true that Google has been singled out by the people who are at the helm in the publishing-lobby-business here in Europe.
Google provides a nice big target the man/woman in the street can recognize and relate to. And the lobbyists find open ears with the governments in Germany or France (remember the french presidents new idea of a special tax on transnational-web-advertizing-revenue
?) because it concerns a sector of policy-making which doesn't require additional spending. It goes like: Look at us, we are actively protecting our local homegrown businesses and jobs against a foreign big bad foe. At no cost for us here. Aren't we great?
Happens everywhere, by the way.
German Publishers Go After Google; Apparently Very Confused About How The Internet Works
At least the title of the thread seems to be true with many german publishers. But they are learning.