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Volkswagen Too Big to Fail For Germany's Political Classes

  • `Auto Chancellor' Schroeder held VW board seat in Lower Saxony
  • VW's chief lobbyist was Merkel government deputy spokesman
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The Long Rise and Rapid Fall of Volkswagen

At Volkswagen AG, political connections come already fitted.

In part, it’s due to Volkswagen’s iconic role as a symbol of West Germany’s economic revival after Nazi rule and the destruction of World War II. Angela Merkel, who grew up under communism in East Germany, has said her first car after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 was a VW Golf compact.