In Brussels, the political heart of the European Union, extreme corporate influence often distorts the political process, either blocking progress where it is sorely needed or leading to policies that are too weak or do not serve people’s needs.
We asked the candidates for the EU’s top job how they would fight the corporate capture of our democracy. How do they score?
This Thursday, Members of the European Parliament are due to vote on a rule that, if adopted, would for the first time create a binding obligation for MEPs writing reports and chairing committtees to disclose their lobby meetings.
Update: In December the European Parliament's constitutional affairs committee approved the rules with a majority of 11-10. This was a tight victory but a victory nonetheless.