Google's Lobby Offensive Internet Giant Builds Web of Influence in Berlin

Search engine giant Google officially opens its hip new Berlin office this week. But the company has long been active in the German capital in its bid to influence government Internet policy. Its subtle approach to lobbying involves building an opaque network of PR professionals, activists and academics -- and its efforts are paying off.
Von Sven Becker und Stefan Niggemeier
Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan