Tobacco funded research: how even journals with bans find it hard to stem the tide of publications

Tobacco companies are investing billions in pharmaceutical and medical products. These ties complicate the ongoing efforts of researchers, scientific organisations, and journals to distance themselves from the industry, find The Investigative Desk and the British Medical Journal. Tobacco-industry-funded research still appears in widely cited medical journals – despite attempts by some to cut the links […]

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,,Refugees do not change the living environment”

The Dutch province Noord-Holland is facing a big task: they need to host 16.290 refugees because of the so-called ‘Spreidingswet’. A law which ensures that all municipalities in the Netherlands equally host refugees. There are many reasons for local residents to be angry and to call out for camera surveillance. But, those demands are unnecessary,

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Consumers left in the cold at Dutch Institute for Financial Disputes

Consumers and small entrepreneurs who have a complaint against their bank or insurer, can submit it to the Dutch Institute for Financial Disputes “Klachteninstituut Financiële Dienstverlening” (Kifid), as an alternative for the civil court. This institute claims to offer easy access, but complainants find themselves in a position against professional lawyers in cases that become

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Oligarchs to pay Putin’s COVID-19 bill after his suspension of tax treaty with the Netherlands

Two prominent oligarchs have become victims of Russia’s termination of the tax treaty with the Netherlands, according to research by The Investigative Desk. The journalistic collective investigated the Dutch activities of the 25 largest privately-owned Russian companies. Three of these companies – owned by two oligarchs – appear to use the Netherlands as a transit

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