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Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Thursday, September 24, 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: "Siemens' slush funds, Deutsche Bank's swindles on pretty much every market in the world, Volkswagen's huge fraud and even the scandal over Qatar's winning bid to host the World Cup would never have come to light or been prosecuted without investigators from the US. How does this fit in with the distorted image the opponents of a free trade agreement with the United States have, according to which German consumers are to be poisoned with American chlorinated chicken? In actual fact the whole idea of consumer protection comes from America. And the US certainly takes it more seriously than we do."

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