Research has revealed that Greece is one of a handful of smaller EU member states blocking a proposed directive in the Council of the EU. The Greek government denied this, but a breakthrough may be in sight. Read more "Greece has been blocking an EU law promoting gender balance – is this about to change?"
A dozen African countries are in the process of joining the Energy Charter Treaty. European states pay for the campaign to convince countries in the global South to join a treaty that lets foreign companies sue them in international tribunals. Yemen made it just before the decision was taken to … Read more "Disputed energy pact recruits developing countries"
The Energy Charter Treaty is an international agreement that offers protection of foreign investments in the energy sector. One of its key features is that it allows companies and foreign investors to sue states under a system of international arbitration. Read more "Explainer: How the Energy Charter Treaty works"
Despite regulations that exist on paper and potential conflicts of interest, top EU officials have gone on to work for lobby groups after serving their terms in office. This practice is not just disreputable, but also damaging to democracy. Read more "Revolving doors — The dirty downside of lobby politics in Brussels"