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Hospodárske noviny - Slovakia | Tuesday, September 22, 2015

VW scandal tarnishes Germany's image

Volkswagen symbolises everything German: precision, honesty, the successful German economy and a social peace that nonetheless doesn't stifle innovation, comments the liberal business daily Hospodářské noviny: "But now another characteristic must be added to the list: side-stepping rules. The scandal over US diesel engines with dream emissions - but only in tests - is huge. No amount of words of deep regret from company boss Martin Winterkorn will put things right. German cars - whether rightly or wrongly - are seen as a symbol of honesty by the entire car industry. Volkswagen is trying to smooth over the scandal in America with a large-scale recall operation. But after this fraud many Americans will say: You too, Brutus?"

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