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Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | 05/11/2015

Watchdog needed for automotive industry

The VW emissions scandal has widened after the carmaker admitted on Tuesday that as many as 800,000 vehicles in Europe could be affected by irregularities in their carbon dioxide emissions. EU Industry Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska has announced plans for stricter controls on vehicle testing in EU member states. It's about time too, comments the centre-left daily Frankfurter Rundschau: "[The Federal Ministry of Economy and the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA)] are something like the extended arm of Germany's automotive industry. The KBA essentially functions as the industry's statistics agency. Apart from that everything is given the nod and waved through. The German government does all it can to support the industry's lobby work in Brussels, for example when it comes to pushing through favourable conditions for the introduction of new standards for testing emissions levels. … This is why we urgently need a new and independent authority to keep tabs on the automotive industry - and protect it from itself."

Berliner Zeitung - Germany | 28/11/2014

Strong voices against Internet giants

The vote by the MEPs sends an important signal, the left-liberal daily Berliner Zeitung writes commenting on the potential break up of Google: "This vote shows the Commission, the US government and the Google managers that there are strong voices in Europe who are no longer willing to accept the company's business practices. Google has long been out of control. Here in Germany it has a market share of at least 95 percent. It ceaselessly gathers data, but no one has the vaguest idea where it's saved or how it's used. With its numerous, mostly free applications, Google has firmly anchored itself in the lives of millions of people. ... Antitrust and competition laws should have been made much tougher a long time ago. That must now be corrected, and quickly. Above all, antitrust authorities must be able to impose speedy and high fines on practices that restrict competition."

Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | 29/05/2009

Child's games at Opel

Writing on the failure of the Opel talks in Germany the left-liberal daily Frankfurter Rundschau comments that the negotiations were conducted on an extremely childish level: "Completely unexpectedly and after hours of haggling at the chancellor's office the Americans let the cat out of the bag and asked for another 300 million euros as a temporary cash injection. A disaster because this is not a child's game. It's about the future of a company that could soon run out of money and plunge into bankruptcy with all the unforeseeable consequences that entails. … [But] first of all the German government should not be held responsible for the temporary breakdown of the Opel rescue talks. The envoy of the US government was obviously overburdened with his task and can hardly be fully satisfied. But European boss of General Motors Enrico Digirolamo can. He sits on the Opel supervisory board, must be aware of the company's precise financial situation and know that you can't snub the German government by demanding up front an extra 20 percent of the 1.5-billion-euro aid package on the spur of the moment."

Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | 20/02/2007

Airbus struggles to get out of its crisis

According to Frank-Thomas Wenzel, emphasis on the principle of national proportional representation is preventing the recovery of the European defence and space company EADS. "On the long term, the company needs a sort of paradoxical intervention. It must forsake the principle of proportional representation to which it has adhered up to now. With the new generation of airplanes (small long-haul jets with much lower consumption), EADS cannot afford to make another mistake like the one it made with the A380. ... Airbus' response can only be to focus on production and make it more efficient. But this can only be achieved if there is a massive reduction of political influence in the company. This, in turn, can only function if state shareholders withdraw - a complicated and difficult process to which, however, there is no alternative, and which will secure jobs in the long term. This would also serve to remove a fundamental contradiction in EADS's image: namely that of a transnational company that pursues national interests."

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