Multi-Billion Euro Corruption Scandal in the EU
Germany and the European Commission collude to supress a medical device that will save billions on asthma drugs
About the author: In the early 1990s, Christoph Klein developed an improved inhaler actuator for asthma sprays that realized tremendous savings on pharmaceutical drugs. After the initial excitement surrounding his invention subsided, the device was soon denounced as dangerous (but never any proof) by the pharma industry and the German authorities followed suit. Banned in 1997 with the active support of the European Commission, Germany, and Upper Bavaria in particular, these authorities have succeeded in keeping this effective medical device off of the global market for over two decades.
In 2012, the European Parliament estimated that the ban on Klein's inhaler had already cost European health insurance programs and their contributors approximately 50 billion euros.
Christoph Klein was born near Cologne, Germany, in 1966. Inventor, entrepreneur, consultant and asthma sufferer himself, Klein has invented several innovative devices to help in the treatment of asthma and COPD. Fighting for justice in courtrooms across Europe for over 20 years, he lives with his wife and two children near Salzburg, Austria.
The Book: European Politics on Drugs is a memoir based on the ongoing scandal known as the "atmed Affair," coined by the former Portuguese European Commission President José Manuel Barroso in 2007. It is the story of how a seemingly innocent sales ban over public health concerns in Bavaria has prevented a simple invention from gaining access to world-wide markets. A real-life economic thriller that is far from over, the scandal continues to reveal the ugly truths hidden in the EU system. In recounting his 25-year Odyssey, Klein documents a dysfunctional EU, exposing the blatant corruption at its core.
With Brexit and a trade war looming with the United States, Europe is currently facing an existential crisis. People are starting to realize that the power centred in Brussels has become an uncontrollable monstrosity and is largely dominated by German economic interests. In the background, a growing EU political elite, determined to wield its influence over Europe's destiny, is increasingly acting without regard for the national sovereignty of EU member states and their elected leaders. While serving large economic interests by defending industrial monopolies, the EU is also pursuing a policy of protectionism that is ultimately undermining the rule of law. This is manifested in the manipulation of global trade, where investment security and legal certainty have become anything but certain. Slowly but surely, the European Union is betraying its own raison d'être.
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