We are a co-operative of highly specialised investigative journalists. We focus on multinational companies and their interactions with politicians, government officials and public institutions in Europe and elsewhere. In our view, thorough investigations – preferably in cross-border, multi-disciplinary collaboration – are fundamental for developing the ground-breaking and change-generating reports we want to offer the public.


Our reporters focus on the defence & security, energy, food, pharmaceutical & healthcare, and tobacco industries.


EU orphan medicines regulation failed

Two decades of EU market protection of ‘orphan’ (rare disease) medicines have greatly benefitted the industry. According to research by The Investigative Desk, published in …


EMA rewrites medicine approval policy

New innovative medicines should be made available to European citizens more quickly. That is why the European Medicines Agency updates the process for market authorisation. …


NVWA barely has grip on tobacco industry

Violations of the advertisement ban by tobacco manufacturers are seldom noticed by inspection authorities. That is the conclusion of The Investigative Desk after analysing ten …

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