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Volkswagen Says Ex-CEO may have Overlooked Dieselgate Signs

German carmaker Volkswagen says its former CEO knew about “irregularities” in the emissions of some models 15 months before its Dieselgate scandal became public.

But in a lengthy statement to a German court, VW said Martin Winterkorn didn’t know that software trickery was at the root of the problem until days before the deception became public.

Winterkorn was informed by VW subordinates in memos about diesel irregularities as early as May 2014, VW said. But Winterkorn, who resigned last September, may have overlooked the warnings, said the company.

VW made the statement as it sought to defend itself in a lawsuit brought by shareholders, who allege the automaker’s top executives hid the problem, violating their responsibility to the public.

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Green Party Politician Resigns after Drug Possession Arrest

Green Party member Volker Beck relinquished all political posts after being arrested carrying drugs in Berlin. The supporter of a liberal drugs policy was caught with a small amount of what German media has described as crystal meth, but which has not yet been confirmed. The arrest could hurt the Green Party’s chances in three state elections on March 13.

 

Backlog of Refugee Applications Growing

The government office processing asylum applications in Germany is falling ever farther behind. Hundreds of refugees continue to stream into Germany each day and 370,000 applications are awaiting processing, the head of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees told Passauer Neue Presse.

Frank-Jürgen Weise said 500,000 more applications will come in this year, and many won’t be processed until 2017.

 

Sarah Mewes and Chelsea Spieker are editors at Handelsblatt Global Edition. Narration: Chelsea SpiekerTo contact the authors: mewes@handelsblatt.com and C.Spieker@vhb.de

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