miércoles, 4 de diciembre de 2013 - 2 de diciembre de 2013 - Europa

Blowing smoke in the Brussels tobacco war

As the European Union hammers out final details of a new tobacco products directive, revelations about the extent of industry lobbying have made waves - and maybe even turned the tide.

Smoke rises from large ashtray full of cigarettes (Photo: Tobias Hase)

European Parliament member, Matthias Groote, a Social Democrat from Germany, was puzzled when he found out that he had been categorized as "tobacco-friendly." Perhaps his willingness to discuss had been misinterpreted, he thought. "I'm accustomed to talking with all sides, and listening to arguments that do not come out of a textbook," Groote told DW.

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