The job of lobbyists is to persuade governments to act in line with the interests they represent. They seek to influence legislation and steer policy. There are 20,000 lobbyists in Brussels. What exactly are they doing?
The German government parties will appeal against a court ruling ordering them to reveal their lobbyists in parliament. Critics say this is typical of Germany, which lags far behind other democracies on anti-corruption.
Smog-choked China slowed its electric car push at the behest of Chancellor Angela Merkel, claims Germany's "Handelsblatt" newspaper. The pause gives German exporters more time to gear up their e-car sales in China.
Too many former EU officials face conflicts of interest in their new jobs, according to a leading transparency watchdog. Many politicians and commissioners go on to work for lobbying organizations.
Two months after former EU Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso announced his new position at US banker Goldman Sachs, the EU is investigating whether the job meets ethical standards. Martin Kuebler reports from Brussels.
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