VW’s ‘dieselgate’ poses ethical challenge for German Protestants

May 24, 2017
By Tom Heneghan
National Catholic Reporter

The Volkswagen emissions scandal, which began when its “clean diesel” cars were found to be rigged to cheat on pollution tests, has created an environmental, commercial and public relations crisis for the German automaker in the United States.

It has been all that and worse back home in Germany. VW is a national symbol with contacts and influence far beyond just cars and drivers — and that is now posing an unexpected ethical challenge for the country’s Protestant churches.