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L'Obs - France | Tuesday, September 22, 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: "The only subject that our German colleagues have not addressed is morals. ... How can the country of Angela Merkel, which has never stopped rapping the knuckles of the horrible Greeks, those 'cheaters', 'liars', and 'cookers of books', maintain the pressure when Greece is forced to ask for the inevitable fourth bailout package or a debt write-off? This is not a form of 'Schadenfreude', or malicious joy at others' misfortune, but a real question: What exactly do the Germans understand by the word 'mistake'?"

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