28 August 2016
I’ll be taking part, on behalf of the United Left Group (GUE-NGL) in the European Parliament, to which the SP is affiliated, in a hearing of the committee charged with investigating “Dieselgate”, the affair involving fraudulent software employed by certain car companies to disguise the true extent of their products’ CO2 emissions. Amongst those whom we will be interrogating will be former European Commissioner Günter Verheugen. This German politician has close links to the auto industry and it was under his reign that the unclear legislation was enacted which made the dodgy software possible. In his answers to our written questions Verheugen denies that the legislation was obscure. It was, he says, perfectly clear. Yet if that was the case, then the car manufacturers have still been involved in illegal activity. So won’t they have to compensate European Union for past damage consumers who bought their cars, as they have had to do in the United States? Is Verheugen indeed going to drop his old car chums in it, just to keep his own nose clean? I’m curious to find out.