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Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai has called and apologized to Europe's industry chief Thierry Breton over a leaked internal document. 

The document contained the tactics to counter the EU's tough new rules on internet companies and lobby against the EU commissioner.

Pichai and Breton exchanged views in a video-conference call late on Thursday according to a statement from the European Commission.

The call was initiated by Google before the document was leaked. Breton brought up the leaked document and showed it to Pichai during the call.

"I was not surprised. I'm not naive. I thought it was a bit old fashioned...," Breton told the Anglo-American Press Association in a online meeting on Friday, waving the document in the air.

"In any case, yes I had a discussion with Sundar... I told him what I had to tell him....he apologised. (I told him) If you need to tell me something, my door will always be open," he said.

Google said the two had a frank but open conversation.

"Our online tools have been a lifeline to many people and businesses through lockdown, and Google is committed to continuing to innovate and build services that can contribute to Europe's economic recovery post-COVID," spokesman Al Verney said in a statement.

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