As German Election Looms, Politicians Face Voters’ Wrath for Ties to Carmakers

“I’m just as angry about the fraud as you,” Ms. Merkel said in an interview with the magazine Der Spiegel published Sept. 2, illustrating her newly critical attitude toward the industry. But she has not completely abandoned the industry. Ms. Merkel is scheduled to speak at the opening ceremony for the International Motor Show in Frankfurt on Thursday.

Why Diesel Became So Popular in Europe

Over the last 20 years, diesel cars have taken a strong hold on the European market, thanks in large part to regulations that made them cheaper to fill up than gasoline-powered cars.

For decades, the German government has been a crucial ally for carmakers, operating as a de facto lobbyist for the industry.


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