Article in Deutsche Welle:
Opinion: Cartel of cheats
VW’s emissions-cheating scandal pales beside what’s rocking the whole German car industry right now. The latest accusations concerning collusion among all major automakers come as a deep shock, says DW’s Henrik Böhme.
Last weekend, a new era was ushered in in the German automotive industry. Compared with what’s come to light now, VW’s dieselgate scandal looks like a joke. Although final evidence is still outstanding in this early stage of the German and EU anti-trust-authorities’ investigations, it’s already clear the accusations of large-scale collusion are a severe blow to Germany’s flagship industry.
Carmakers are now trying to rescue what cannot be rescued anymore. As if in a race meant to beat each other, Daimler and Volkswagen have sent letters of self-indictment to Bonn and Brussels, because those who help bust a cartel can hope to pay a smaller fine or no fine at all.