“Angela Merkel: Emissions scandal not a government failure”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejected the suggestion that German carmaker VW’s emissions cheating was a “failure of government”. The failure was with VW, not the German state, she said in a hearing before an inquiry committee of the federal parliament. On diesel technology, Merkel said there was a conflict of objectives between lowering climate-harmful CO₂ emissions and lowering nitrogen oxide emissions, which are harmful to the people’s health. The diesel engine was “always a good option” to lower CO₂ emissions, said Merkel.
For background read the CLEW factsheet Dieselgate forces VW to embrace green mobility.