EU countries began Friday to discuss a compromise on new emission standards for passenger cars. But Germany's luxury automakers are worried - and Chancellor Angela Merkel has asked for a delay.
German car makers "gambled away" public trust by manipulating emissions values in their diesel cars, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a Dortmund campaign speech. She added that honesty is part of the economy.
The head of Environmental Action Germany has called the results from the country's recent diesel summit "Mickey Mouse policies." His consumer organization is going to court in an effort to enforce driving bans.
After German chancellor candidate Martin Schulz called for a Europe-wide quota for electric cars, the debate among German politicians, the EU and carmakers has picked up steam. In China, such a quota already exists.
The German car industry has been rocked by many scandals recently. Ahead of a "diesel summit" in Berlin between policymakers and auto industry executives, car expert Ferdinand Dudenhöffer voices clear demands.
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