The mood at the VW-owned carmaker SEAT is especially anxious after VW's emissions scandal. Nearly a third of the Spanish manufacturer's sales comes from the Volkswagen Group. Business is still going well, but no one knows for how long.
Amid fears that Catalonia could announce it is breaking away from Spanish rule on Monday, German firms are anxious about their investments. Alone in 2015, Germany invested half a billion euros in the autonomous region.
Volkswagen's mass recall of polluting diesel cars in the United States is proving more difficult and costlier than expected, forcing the beleaguered German carmaker to set aside billions more in the third quarter.
A former top manager for Audi has reportedly been detained as part of an investigation into the emissions cheating scandal at parent company Volkswagen. Prosecutors say they are widening their probe.
Spain's King Felipe took aim at Catalan leaders denouncing their independence vote as a threat to national stability. Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has said Catalonia will declare independence in a "matter of days."
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