Volkswagen has regularly been in the spotlight in recent weeks.
It has launched a new baby Beetle in the US, bought Rolls-Royce in the
UK and been caught eyeing various Italian automotive starlets, including
The latest story is its announcement that it is setting up a
compensation fund for workers during World War II. VW was principally
accused of performing a U-turn from its previous position that the
federal government should accept the claims. The main messages were
carried with equal weight in the UK newspapers and international wire
services, although it was noticeable that German sources referred to
’former slave workers’, whereas the international press identified them
variously as Jews, Poles and Hungarians.
The story took on a political spin when it emerged that Gerhard
Schroder, challenger to Chancellor Kohl in September’s elections, was
putting pressure on VW. The story will re-emerge as most sources made it
clear that VW will only release details of the fund in September.
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