It is, first and foremost, a political body,
No, it is not. It is an administrative body.
Really? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commissioner_for_Competition states that the Commissioner is appointed by the EU Parliament. Politicians tend to make sure that their appointees share their views, which makes it a rather political position.
A change in government will not affect the EU antitrust commission.
Until, of course, the next EU Parliament is seated.
EU forced Microsoft to distribute browsers built by their competitors, regardless of merit or customer desire.
Cry me a river. Look, MS started the game, by forcing its users to accept their own browser, regardless of merit or customer desire.
Forced? Did Microsoft "force" their TCP/IP stack on customers? Does Microsoft preclude other browsers from being installed? The 30% of the market held by Firefox shows that there is good competition in the browser market, and further demonstrates that Opera, with its minuscule percentage of the market, sucks badly on the desktop.
I'm no fan of Microsoft (100% Mac and iPhone at home), but is it really harmful for MS to add features to the O/S (e.g., browsers, IP stacks, mouse drivers) over time?
Amazon (free shipping declared illegal at the behest of French bookstores)
Check your facts. Was this really the EU? Because I just put a few orders on Amazon, and not all for books, and they all included free shipping. And Germany is certainly part of the EU.
My bad -- this was the French government, not the EU.
And, of course, the EU has no problems with huge Airbus subsidies, now declared illegal by the WTO. I hope that the US Government will find its gonads and slap EADS with huge tariffs and penalties. Then, maybe, the EU will be a little less eager to meddle with US companies.
Yeah, because nothing like that has ever happened the other way around. Please.
Really. Name one merger of EU companies that has been blocked by the US Department of Justice. Name one time that the US Government loaned billions to Boeing to build a new passenger aircraft that didn't have to be repaid if the aircraft wasn't successful.