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Merkel: had no prior knowledge of VW emissions scandal


              German Chancellor Angela Merkel, attends the questioning by a German Federal parliament committee investigating the Volkswagen emission...

              German Chancellor Angela Merkel, attends the questioning by a German parliament committee investigating the Volkswagen emissions cheati...

              German Chancellor Angela Merkel, arrives for the questioning by a German parliamentary committee investigating the Volkswagen emissions...

              German Chancellor Angela Merkel, takes a seat as she arrives for a questioning by a parliamentary  committee investigating the Volkswag...

              Photographers take pictures as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, front, arriving  for a questioning at a parliament committee,  investig...

              Photographers take pictures as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, front, arriving  for a questioning at a parliament committee,  investig...

              German Chancellor Angela Merkel, aarrives for the questioning by a German parliament committee , investigating the Volkswagen emissions...

              German Chancellor Angela Merkel, attends the questioning by a German Federal parliament committee investigating the Volkswagen emission...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, attends the questioning by a German Federal parliament committee investigating the Volkswagen emission...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, attends the questioning by a German parliament committee investigating the Volkswagen emissions cheati...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, arrives for the questioning by a German parliamentary committee investigating the Volkswagen emissions...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, takes a seat as she arrives for a questioning by a parliamentary committee investigating the Volkswag...

Photographers take pictures as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, front, arriving for a questioning at a parliament committee, investig...

Photographers take pictures as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, front, arriving for a questioning at a parliament committee, investig...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, aarrives for the questioning by a German parliament committee , investigating the Volkswagen emissions...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, attends the questioning by a German Federal parliament committee investigating the Volkswagen emission...

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel says she only found out about Volkswagen's use of software to cheat on emissions through the media.

Appearing as a witness Wednesday before a German parliamentary panel on the Volkswagen emissions scandal, German news agency dpa says Merkel said she was only aware of the cheating when it emerged in the United States in September 2015.

Volkswagen is recovering from a scandal that damaged its reputation. The company has admitted and paid out billions for installing software on diesel engines that activated pollution controls during tests and switched them off in real-world driving.

The German parliamentary inquiry was set up last July. It is tasked with looking into whether the German government knew about vehicles' emissions on the road diverging from their emissions in testing.


Updated : 2021-05-16 15:12 GMT+08:00