How Gazprom gained influence in the Netherlands

Gazprom is much more influential in the Netherlands than is commonly thought. The company developed into an indispensable pillar of the Dutch energy supply. The Investigative Desk and Follow the Money mapped the Russian gas giant’s business interests. Politicians from GroenLinks and D66 emphasize the political risks of the growing dependence on Russian gas, as […]

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Brussels pressured drug regulator to approve Pfizer vaccine

Leaked documents show that the European Commission put pressure on the European Medicines Agency to approve the first Covid-19 vaccines simultaneously with the American FDA. This happened when the regulator still had serious questions about the purity of the vaccine. According to the European Medicines Agency, in a press release issued on 15 January, confidential

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BAT channelled millions of euros to the Netherlands, now Brazil wants its share of the pie

The Brazilian government is demanding 350 million euros from tobacco giant British American Tobacco for tax avoidance, research by The Investigative Desk shows. This money was channelled through the Netherlands, which Brazil considers as having a “preferential tax regime”. By 2020, Souza Cruz is an essential part of multinational British American Tobacco (BAT), the largest

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Newsletter January 2021

Read the full newsletter here. In 2020 – our second year – we have been very productive. We embarked on some thirty investigations. Half of these resulted in publications, the others will reach that stage in 2021. Most of our publications attracted widespread media coverage, and in some cases international attention. For more details, see

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