Green Party head says ‘dieselgate’ crisis is “threat for democracy” in Germany
The slow and cumbersome handling of Germany’s diesel emissions crisis is becoming “a threat to our democracy,” Green Party co-head Annalena Baerbock told the newspaper WirtschaftsWoche. She said the federal transport ministry has not had the “courage” to get tough on carmakers that sold millions of diesel-powered cars that had been manipulated to appear less polluting than they actually were. “The carmakers thumb their nose at the government,” Baerbock said, adding that their action caused a chain reaction that is also damaging other industry suppliers, she said.
Read the article in German here.
See the CLEW factsheet “Dieselgate” – a timeline of Germany’s car emissions fraud scandal for background.