Google Opens New Office in Berlin With Eye on Expansion

American tech giant Google has started a new office in Berlin it says will give it the space to expand in the German capital.

CEO Sundar Pichai said Tuesday the distance means Google could double the number of Berlin workers to 300. Google currently has 1,400 employees in Germany.

Pichai says”the city has long been a capital of culture and media. Now it is also home to a fast-growing startup scene and also an engine for innovation”

Google has faced regulatory headwinds in Europe, also has been fined EUR 50 million ($57 million) Monday in France for alleged violations of European data privacy principles.

Google Central Europe vice president Philipp Justus didn’t directly address the fine, but said Google’s committed to transparency and clarity on what information is collected and how it’s used.