A decade ago, Matthias Wissman became head of the VDA, the German auto industry’s lobby group, a high-profile position requiring guile, brass neck and an enviable contacts book. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Matthias Wissmann glides into the Berlin conference room with a choirboy smile, owlish eyes behind round glasses and chestnut brown hair that belies h(...)

According to environmental pressure group, Transport & Environment (T&E), an internal VW document showed that the car firm was prepared to go much further than the Commission’s proposals, but chose not to

A leaked document, apparently from a senior Volkswagen lobbyist, seems to show that the company was prepared to accept tough targets for electric car (...)

Volkswagen cars inside a delivery tower in Wolfsburg. Multibillion-euro settlements over the emissions scandal will rob German car companies of R&D funds. Photograph:Michael Sohn/AP

A Berlin equivalent of Fianna Fáil’s notorious – and defunct – Galway races tent is the summer party of the VDA, the lobby group of Germany’s carmaker(...)

A woman walks past Mercedes cars at a dealership in Berlin on July 13th. German media say  Daimler AG possibly installed emissions cheating software into a million Mercedes vehicles. Photograph: Getty

Over a century after Rudolf Diesel died in mysterious circumstances, a growing number of Germans believe the engine that still bears his name is about(...)

The German word “Nein” which means “No” sits on graffiti art displaying the European Union  flag and a euro symbol on a street in Athens. Photo: Bloomberg

German industry is beginning to call for Greece to quit the euro zone, having already pared back what business it had there, and now fearing that a co(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel with the head of the BMW plant in Leipzig, Manfred Erlacher. Photograph: Peter Endig/AP

While Angela Merkel hunts for a coalition partner, her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has confirmed it received a €690,000 donation from the family (...)