Volkswagen too big to fail for Germany’s political classes

The nexus of political affinity ensures the scandal engulfing VW is too big a threat to national prosperity for the German government to be a neutral observer

1st October, 2015

At Volkswagen, political connections come already fitted.

In part, it’s due to Volkswagen’s iconic role as a symbol of West Germany’s economic revival after Nazi rule and the destruction of World War II. Angela Merkel, who grew up under communism in East Germany, has said her first car after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 was a VW Golf compact.

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