Corporate Europe Obervatory: United Arab Emirates’ growing legion of lobbyists support its ‘soft superpower’ ambitions at the EU

The United Arab Emirates is one of the world’s major lobby spenders. While projecting an image of moderation and stability, it pursues its foreign policy aims in bloody wars from Yemen to Libya. As part of an occasional series on repressive regimes’ lobbying, Corporate Europe Observatory uncovers the autocratic kingdom’s Brussels-based spin doctors, from a think tank’s board of former European prime ministers, to lobby consultancies specialising in ‘privatised diplomacy’, and the use of discredited social media disinformation firms.

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UAE flag as carpet with lobbyist sweeping images of 'war' and 'arms' underneath.

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