Backlight: Europe’s Potemkin Lobby

Behind the scenes of Europe’s biggest and most powerful farming lobby group

This month we spoke to food systems reporter, Thin Lei Win and editor Lionel Faull about leading the investigation, Europe’s Potemkin Lobby. Europe’s biggest and most powerful farming lobby group, Copa-Cogeca, has dominated E.U. agricultural policy for decades. On the strength of its history and claim to represent all farmers, it has used its power in the past year to block crucial environmental reforms. Thin and Lionel spoke about the challenges of getting Copa-Cogeca insiders and sources within the farming community to talk, and how the investigation shows the lobby losing legitimacy and support.

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