Tobacco

The sheep’s clothing of tobacco giant Philip Morris

The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World claims to strive for a ‘smoke-free world’. In reality, founder and financier Philip Morris uses the foundation to influence …

Tobacco

Departments of the Red Cross received money from Philip Morris against instructions

Local offices of the Red Cross accepted more than 3 million dollar in donations from tobacco producer Philip Morris. This goes against the instruction of …

Tobacco

Tobacco giants feel at home in the ‘land of clean skies’

The Investigative Desk has discovered that until 2015 a remarkable amount of money from cigarette manufacturers flowed to Switzerland via the Netherlands. After that year, …

Energy

MH17 no obstacle to concealed gas talks with Putin

When flight MH17 was downed by a Russian missile in 2014, the Netherlands froze diplomatic and trade relations with Russia. At least, to the outside …

Energy

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 …

Pharmaceuticals

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. …

Tobacco

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 …

Editorial

Newsletter January 2021

Read the full newsletter here. By Marcel Metze In 2020 – our second year – we have been very productive. We embarked on some thirty …