As a flagship of the country's engineering skill and an export champion Volkswagen is of systemic importance to the German economy. Andreas Neuhaus finds out how deep VW's roots in German business and everyday culture reach.
Before the Frankfurt Motor Show opened, car company bosses were read the riot act by the chancellor. Now the show is open to the public, but it is still much too early to speak of a turning point, says Henrik Böhme.
Martin Schmidt led Mainz into Europe for the first time but faces a more complex challenge in Wolfsburg. After coaching changes and the Volkswagen emissions scandal, the Wolves need to decide what they want to be.
Even in the quiet summer months, Dieselgate and whispers of industry collusion loom large. Critics say Berlin should end its close friendship with carmakers. Both sides are currently holding a much-anticipated summit.
Automakers at the Frankfurt car show, IAA, have been highlighting their e-auto credentials and distancing themselves from Dieselgate. But how will this impact the European car industry and its 12.6 million employees?
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