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 review Pfizer vaccine

Leaked documents show that the European Commission put great pressure on the European Medicines Agency  to approve the first Covid-19 vaccine simultaneously with the American …

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 …

Food

Are Unilever’s ties with Wageningen University too close?

Wageningen University & Research (WUR) takes pride in its excellent relations with the food and agriculture industry. It is particularly close with Unilever. The public-private …

Tobacco

Rehabiliatting nicotine amidst a pandemic: Big Tobacco’s Playbook in the 21st century

A cross-border investigation uncovered how COVID-19 is used a marketing opportunity for the tobacco industry. For decades the tobacco industry casted doubts on the harms …

Pharmaceuticals

Covid-19: EU countries spent over €220m stockpiling remdesivir despite lack of effectiveness

The drug’s manufacturer was aware of the negative results of the Solidarity trial before the European Commission struck a procurement deal with it, finds an …

Tobacco

Marlboro producer outsmarts its competition (and politicians)

Tobacco manufacturer Philip Morris conducts a sophisticated lobby in the Netherlands, using a meticulous international step-by-step plan. Yet it still manages to make a profit, …