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EU launches legal action against Germany over VW emissions scandal

The logo of German carmaker Volkswagen (VW) pictured at the company's headquarters in Wolfsburg, northern GermanyThe European Commission launched legal action on Thursday against authorities in seven EU nations including Germany and Britain for failing to crack down on emissions cheating exposed by the Volkswagen “Dieselgate” scandal. The commission, the EU’s executive arm, “is today acting against seven member states on the grounds that they have failed to fulfil their obligations” under EU law, said a statement. The Dieselgate scandal blew open when Volkswagen admitted in September 2015 that it installed software in 11 million cars worldwide that reduced emissions of harmful nitrogen oxides when it detected the vehicle was undergoing tests.

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