“Egypt’s No. 1 brand of cigarette, Cleopatra, was born in 1961 when Egyptian ruler Gamal Abdel Nasser asked for a local version of the smuggled American Kent brand he liked to smoke.

Created by the century-old Eastern Company S.A.E., Cleopatra is now one of the most widely smoked cigarettes in North Africa and one of the top sellers globally.

So it is perhaps ironic, given its copycat roots, that the brand should be undercut by a state-owned factory across the Mediterranean in Montenegro, a former Yugoslav republic negotiating to join the European Union.

But that is precisely what authorities in Egypt, Britain and the European Union flagged for four years, according to confidential correspondence obtained by reporters from Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN, and Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism, ARIJ.

And Montenegro ignored them.” (full story at BIRN)