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VW cheats on emissions tests

German carmaker Volkswagen has manipulated emissions data for millions of cars. Apart from harming the company, will the scandal also deal a blow to Europe's image?

Der Standard - Austria | Friday, 15. January 2016

Disastrous crisis management at VW

The attempts of Volkswagen boss Matthias Müller to repair the company's tarnished image with a trip to the US have completely backfired, the centre-left daily Der Standard comments: » more

Main focus of Friday, 11. December 2015

VW wants to wipe the slate clean

The top management at German carmaker Volkswagen reported on the state of the company's internal investigations into the emissions scandal on Thursday and announced plans ... » more

Cinco Días - Spain | Friday, 11. December 2015

Admission of guilt exemplary

By frankly admitting its guilt Volkswagen will become a textbook example for corporate communication, the centre-left business daily Cinco Días comments admiringly: » more

Wirtschaftsblatt - Austria | Friday, 11. December 2015

The wrong way to do PR

Volkswagen is embarrassing itself with botched PR strategies, the liberal business daily Wirtschaftsblatt writes: » more

Der Tagesspiegel - Germany | Friday, 11. December 2015

VW management must quickly restore trust

Volkswagen boss Matthias Müller declared on Thursday that credibility and trust rather than sales figures and profit margins were now the yardstick by which the company would measure its performance. The liberal-conservative daily Tagesspiegel praises the initiative and calls for these words to be followed by deeds: » more

Der Spiegel - Germany | Saturday, 7. November 2015

Giant VW should be broken up

The emissions irregularities at VW that most recently came to light were exposed by an employee who had made an admission about the manipulations to the company's management, the company announced on Sunday. According to news reports the manipulations were the result of unrealistic targets on the part of the former chairman of the board Martin Winterkorn. The company should be broken up, the liberal news magazine Der Spiegel demands: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Friday, 6. November 2015

VW exposes duplicity of EU climate policy

Volkswagen admitted on Wednesday that it cheated on CO2 emissions levels in cars with petrol engines too. The scandal surrounding the German company is also a consequence of Europe's dishonest environmental and climate policy, the centre-left daily Der Standard complains: » more

Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | Thursday, 5. November 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: » more

Sme - Slovakia | Friday, 16. October 2015

Volkswagen is too big to fail

Despite the emissions scandal German carmaker Volkswagen needn't fear for its survival, the liberal daily Sme believes: » more

El País - Spain | Monday, 12. October 2015

Governments being used by VW

After talks with VW Spain's Minister for Industry José Manuel Soria announced on Friday that the company's investments in Spanish plants were guaranteed. Europe's governments should thoroughly investigate the fraud first, writes the centre-left daily El País angrily: » more

Les Echos - France | Monday, 5. October 2015

VW scandal: People must have a say in company policy

VW's diesel engine fraud shows that co-determination rights must be extended in Europe's companies, writes Marcel Grignard, head of the think tank Confrontations Europe, in the liberal business paper Les Echos: » more

Hospodárske noviny - Slovakia | Monday, 5. October 2015

Criticism of Volkswagen hypocritical

The politicians and media that are now pointing fingers at VW shouldn't lean too far out the window, the liberal business daily Hospodářské noviny warns: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Sunday, 4. October 2015

Germany too dependent on car industry

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday called on the German carmaker VW to quickly resolve the emissions rigging scandal. The affair reveals a basic weakness in the German economy, the liberal business paper Financial Times points out: » more

La Razón - Spain | Thursday, 1. October 2015

VW swindle must not go unpunished

Carmaker Volkswagen secured government funding by cheating on emissions tests and must be harshly punished for it, the conservative daily La Razón demands: » more

Lietuvos rytas - Lithuania | Thursday, 1. October 2015

Old clunkers better than new VW diesels?

The Lithuanian Ministry of Environment last week commissioned studies to clarify the extent of the damage caused by the VW emission scandal. A joke, the liberal daily Lietuvos rytas scoffs: » more

Jutarnji list - Croatia | Wednesday, 30. September 2015

VW still stands for German quality

The German carmaker Volkswagen will remain a symbol of quality even after the exhaust emissions scandal, the liberal daily Jutarnji List is convinced: » more

Die Presse - Austria | Tuesday, 29. September 2015

Scandals and scams made in Germany

The VW affair and similar scandals involving big German companies do considerable damage to the country's economy, the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse complains: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Tuesday, 29. September 2015

Škoda could save Volkswagen in the US

The emissions scandal will leave VW facing serious problems on the US market. The company should therefore radically change its strategy, the conservative daily Lidové noviny proposes: » more

Deutschlandradio Kultur - Germany | Saturday, 26. September 2015

VW emissions scam affects us all

Around 2.8 million vehicles in Germany are affected by the Volkswagen emissions scam, the German transport ministry has said. The scandal doesn't only affect the carmaker, writes public broadcaster Deutschlandradio Kultur: » more

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Friday, 25. September 2015

US legal imperialism against VW

The fact that it was US authorities that brought the fraud at Volkswagen to light is another example of US legal imperialism, the centre-left daily Tages-Anzeiger concludes: » more

De Morgen - Belgium | Friday, 25. September 2015

Carmakers cheating like bank managers

The scandal over manipulated emissions tests will hardly be confined to VW, the centre-left daily De Morgen believes, and compares it with the bank crisis: » more

L'Obs - France | Tuesday, 22. September 2015

What constitutes a mistake for the Germans?

One aspect is missing in the German debate about the VW scandal, the centre-left weekly magazine L'Obs comments: » more

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Thursday, 24. September 2015

US more serious about consumer protection

In view of the fact that the VW scandal began with investigations in the US, the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung asks why it's always US authorities that uncover fraud especially at German firms: » more

De Standaard - Belgium | Thursday, 24. September 2015

Companies unscrupulous in battle for customers

Consumers should ask themselves what role they play in scandals like the one at VW, writes the liberal daily De Standaard: » more

The Times - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 22. September 2015

VW scandal may spell the end for diesel cars

Volkswagen chief Martin Winterkorn on Tuesday promised a thorough investigation in the rigged emissions scandal. Developers of electrical and hybrid cars may be the winners of the affair in the long term, the conservative daily The Times speculates: » more

Le Monde - France | Wednesday, 23. September 2015

VW scandal harms Europe's credibility

The scandal over manipulated exhaust emissions tests will not just harm carmaker Volkswagen, the centre-left daily Le Monde fears: » more

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | Tuesday, 22. September 2015

Politicians still fawning over carmakers

Following the Volkswagen Group's admission that emmissions tests had been manipulated the value of shares in the company dropped by more than 20 percent on Monday. But just as alarming as Volkswagen's audacity is the German government's reaction to the scandal, the left-leaning daily taz chides: » more

Hospodárske noviny - Slovakia | Tuesday, 22. September 2015

VW scandal tarnishes Germany's image

Volkswagen symbolises everything German: » more

Wirtschaftsblatt - Austria | Tuesday, 22. September 2015

Consumers' tightness also to blame

The Volkswagen scandal also casts a shadow on the behaviour of consumers, who always want to buy things as cheaply as possible, comments the liberal business daily Wirtschaftsblatt: » more


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