After US regulators successfully wrangled a record-breaking settlement from VW, European authorities are expected to start legal proceedings against Germany, Britain, and five other countries for not doing enough to enforce EU emission laws.
Germany and five other EU countries are facing fines for breaking the law on air pollution. The European Commission is taking them to court — which could get expensive.
That the EU has to sue six countries for violating its air pollution levels demonstrates the vast power auto and energy lobbies exert over governments. But as usual, citizens are likely to bear the burden in the end.
The Federal Transport Authority is seeking a recall of 19,000 SUVs in Germany after discovering the luxury vehicles emitted excessive pollutants due to cheating software. Other countries are expected to follow suit.
The embattled former VW executive is believed to have made more than €100 million through his career at the German carmaker. But that money and his pension could be targeted if he is held responsible for damages.
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