Lobbyists are bringing US-style hardball tactics to the staid world of Brussels, says Simon Wilson. What do they want, and are they likely to get it?
Who’s spending on lobbying?
The biggest spenders on lobbying in Brussels have traditionally been energy and financial-services groups. But over the past decade the scale of professional lobbying has ballooned in line with the EU’s growing regulatory clout on everything from food safety to internet privacy to carbon emissions. Recently it is big US tech firms that have become the schmoozers-in-chief. According to the EU’s voluntary lobbying register, US tech giants – [...]
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