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.