As tourism gets more politically aware, a wacky new walking tour is launched in Berlin. The tourists follow guide Timo Lange to find out how influence peddlers or political lobbyists ply their trade in the German capital. Lange works for the non-profit LobbyControl, which began the tours in 2009 to unexpected success for such a seemingly wonky subject. For a population that, by American standards, has a low tolerance for money in politics, the linkage between economic power and political power is forcibly demonstrated. Lange tells, for instance, of how the chemical industry worked overtime to soften new European regulations on its products. LobbyControl sells a guidebook called LobbyPlanet Berlin, the Travel Guide Through the Lobby Jungle , which bears more than a passing resemblance to the Lonely Planet guides. — NY Times

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