The European Commission watered down its criticism of a German media reform following a lobbying campaign by German interests, according to documents seen by POLITICO.
The Commission's services originally wanted to send Berlin binding, harsh comments about its state media treaty, arguing it wasn't compliant with EU law.
But the German audiovisual industry, German MEPs and a state minister reached out to the highest levels of the EU executive, including to Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
So the Commission's top political level decided to send softer, nonbinding comments to Berlin instead. 🤷♀️
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