Volkswagen has long served as a poster boy for German industry; sophisticated engineering, down-to-earth and reliable. But now this mutual dependence could become a liability. Has the VW affair tarnished the "Germany" brand?
A pre-election poll suggests Germans have fallen out of love with their diesel cars, and the politicians who let "dieselgate" unfold right under their noses. "Made in Germany" no longer means what it once did.
"Made in Germany" is a label that sells. But when it comes to people, how German is Germany today? Croatian-German author Jagoda Marinic tells DW why identity is fluid - and the far-right so dangerous.
Three bosses of five German car firms accused of secretly meeting since the 1990s to set collective lower-than-regulated quality standards have called the claims speculative. Spiegel made the allegations on Friday.
Two years of leaks about emissions cheating and pollution fears have damaged Germany's standing as the world leader in car production. But analysts think the scandal could have surprising positives for the industry.
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