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Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | Tuesday, September 22, 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: "What the responsible Ministry of Transport is not doing is quickly setting up investigations similar to those that led to the discovery of the scandal in the US, so as to clear up whether illegal manipulations have also taken place in Europe. Instead the government is in all seriousness demanding that VW provide it with information about whether it has also committed fraud in Germany. And that's all for now. Such naivete, such helplessness is shocking. Unfortunately, however, it's symptomatic of the German government's dealings with the carmaker: instead of introducing controls and regulations, the government regularly acts as its highest-placed interest group."

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