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?
LobbyControl has released a damning verdict on the German government's failure to restrict lobbyists. Merkel's inner circle is said to have particularly close ties to the auto industry, responsible for "Dieselgate."
New EU rules mean that mobile phone users no longer need to pay extra charges when they leave their countries for other member states. But critics say German and Spanish lobbyists have watered down those rules.
Coal and oil groups "undermine" UN climate negotiations, says Corporate Accountability International. A group of developing countries is calling for big polluters' lobbyists to be kicked out of upcoming talks in Bonn.
The EU has unveiled plans for the financial sector that could result in a huge slice of London's banking business leaving after Brexit. It would be a severe blow to London's role as a financial hub.
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