When did Google ever start forcing users to sign up just to search?
You are missing the point. The point is not whether google is illegally tying products, because they are not. The point is that as a society we deemed that tying products was harmful.
Just as we could deem that a search engine company providing other services is harmful. Not because its a form of illegal tying, but because its harmful in similar ways.
. Bundling isn't harmful unless it is exploited, period.
And that's a great study you just did. I mean, you searched for "email" and you searched for "cloud" and you looked at the first 3 results in no less than 2 different search engines. Because clearly if google was going to manipulate the results they would ONLY do in the most blatantly obvious evil with a capital E way possible.
Well, I'm convinced.
It often leads to a greater overall benefit, as products are more likely to be able to interconnect.
What needs to interconnect with a "search" engine?
If there is evidence of exploitation, that's different, and the EU should drop the hammer on them.
Because it would be wrong for society to proactively decide what the rules it lives by are? It can only react to abuse?
But there isn't any evidence that that is going on here that I've seen,
And you've clearly settled the matter there, right? ;)
so this is almost certainly just politicians being dickweeds at the behest of people who paid them a lot of money.
Who benefits financially from search engines being decoupled from other commercial pursuits and thus paid these politicians lots of money to make it happen. I'm in agreement with you that "follow the money" is a good maxim to have when looking at politics ... so where does it lead us here? That's a good question.