“It’s ugly, but it gets you there.” But it’s ugly. And it’s getting uglier by the minute.
The timing of the scandal could not be worse for the government.
Chancellor Angela Merkel is scheduled to travel to New York on Friday to persuade fellow members of the United Nations to adopt climate goals ahead of a UN climate conference in Paris in December.
Merkel sees herself as champion of climate issues and would like to see Germany’s decision to abandon nuclear power and the transition to renewable energy as one of her most lasting legacies.
In June, she helped draw up ambitious carbon emission reduction goals adopted by the Group of Seven (G7) countries.
At the same time, she has always robustly defended the interests of her country’s automakers and postponed the implementation of European emission limits.