Lies, Damned Lies, And Volkswagen’s Dieselgate

“Who’s the liar – Piëch, or the board?” This is the headline of today’s BILD Zeitung – Europe’s largest daily – and it says what Germany wonders. Last week, a bomb set by Volkswagen’s patriarch Ferdinand Piëch exploded. Claiming that he inquired about the emission cheating half a year before the scandal broke, Volkswagen’s biggest shareholder Piëch dragged labor unions, German politicians, and his own cousin Wolfgang Porsche into the dieselgate maelstrom. “Not true!” everybody screamed. While Volkswagen leaks more than a sink at the Watergate, Europe is developing pattern baldness from excessive head-scratching, even Germany’s toughest reporters have a hard time separating fact from spy-thriller fiction.

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