How influential are lobbyists?

IMG_0470The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom organized a debate on the influence of lobbyism on European politics that attracted a lot of attention. The topic has been hotly debated in the past few month, especially due to some lobbying scandals and controversial law-making processes, in which lobbyism by corporations has been described as being especially strong. The lobbying scandal which led to the resignation of Commissioner Dalli, coupled with the intense lobbying that is part of the negotiations for a new data protection regulation and tobacco law have sparked the debate about the influence of lobbyists anew.

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