"You will understand that we are worried that the justifiably excellent reputation of the German car industry and in particular that of Volkswagen suffers."—German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, on the EPA's findings that some VW models came loaded with a 'defeat device' that "allowed VW cars to emit less during [emissions testing] than they would while driving normally." Gabriel then "urged VW to clear up the allegations."
Really? Like, I get that this is a major economic blow, and I don't begrudge the German Economy Minister the right to comment on that, but VW screwing over millions of people and engaging in a profound corporate fraud is maybe not the right time to interject your concerns about "the justifiably excellent reputation of the German car industry."