Handelsblatt Global Edition Magazine - - Art Works -

An­ge­la Mer­kel meets re­gu­lar­ly with top au­to exe­cu­ti­ves, and lob­bies for Ger­man car­ma­kers around the world.

In 2010, Mer­kel re­por­ted­ly an­ge­red Ca­li­for­nia re­gu­la­tors by cri­ti­ci­zing the sta­te’s tough emis­si­ons laws, say­ing they we­re hur­ting Ger­man car ma­kers.

The sa­me re­gu­la­to­ry bo­dy la­ter un­co­ve­r­ed VW’s emis­si­ons-rig­ging scan­dal and now has the po­wer to im­po­se re­calls and hea­vy fi­nes.

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