In October, Brussels witnessed a bout of intrigue and excitement over the sudden resignation of John Dalli, the European commissioner for health and consumer affairs. It was the first ever forced resignation of a individual commissioner mid-term because of allegations of misconduct. But what gave the resignation added piquancy was the involvement of the tobacco industry. What appeared initially to be a cut-and-dried case of impropriety soon mutated into an alleged conspiracy involving major tobacco interests. The full truth remains unclear, and MEPs are still demanding answers.

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