Clean up your act – Merkel

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CHAN­CEL­LOR An­gela Merkel called on the Ger­man car in­dus­try to clean up its act for the sake of it em­ploy­ees and the wider econ­omy as she opened the Frank­furt mo­tor show yes­ter­day, point­ing to threats on the hori­zon to the com­bus­tion en­gine. “A lot of trust has been de­stroyed. That is why the in­dus­try must do ev­ery­thing to win back con­fi­dence, in its own in­ter­est and that of em­ploy­ees and Ger­man in­dus­try,” Merkel said. She noted that the Volk­swa­gen emis­sions scan­dal had bro­ken just af­ter she opened the car show two years ago, adding that the in­dus­try faced many chal­lenges, such as sug­ges­tions that China might even­tu­ally ban com­bus­tion engines. Merkel pre­dicted that com­bus­tion en­gine ve­hi­cles would still be needed for decades, as de­mand was boom­ing. – Reuters


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