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One of the members of the advisory committe was also author of the editorial that hailed the PACEtrial in 2011 in The Lancet. So you can imagine what his point of view is. The CBT GET lobby is rather powerful overhere. They are represented on all important levels. There is much at stake such as their scientific careers and the status of the university they all work(ed) for.
There may be a better translation, but it sounds like we would say "cosying up to each other". There are cruder versions!They have been working together with their UK colleagues more than once. In Dutch: ze spelen elkaar de bal toe. They help each other. The Dutch expression has an unpleasant connotation.