Month: September 2021

Amsterdam Medical Center creates ‘hijacked’ medicine

By Lucien Hordijk and Daan Marselis Using a set of legal tricks, the pharmaceutical industry was able to turn an animal gallic acid into a medicine that costs tons of money per year. Responsible pharmacist of the Amsterdam Medical Center Marleen Kemper and professor in metabolic diseases Carla Hollak decided in 2018 to start preparing …

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How Shell influenced the Dutch political position on Russian gas

With a sophisticated lobby, oil company Royal Dutch Shell influenced the political position of the Netherlands on Nord Stream 2, The Investigative Desk revealed in a reconstruction. The Dutch House of Representatives wanted to subject the exploitation of the controversial gas pipeline to European anti-monopoly rules. Instead, the government served the agenda of Shell, which …

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Shoe brand Crocs found alternative route to continue avoiding taxes through the Netherlands

Footwear company Crocs bypasses European and US efforts to end a widely used form of tax avoidance in the Netherlands. Due to interventions by both Brussels and Washington, the Dutch CV/BV structure is no longer fiscally attractive for U.S. companies as of 2020. Crocs had been using that route since 2006. By shifting trademark rights, …

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