Rock Rachon: Volkswagen’s ‘Dieselgate’ scandal

One of the biggest scandals of recent years, combining disregard for the law and a massive industrial fraud concerning emission of poisonous substances into the atmosphere, has reared its head again after several years, being one of the fundamental political and legal problems in the EU.

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The scandal was revealed in 2015, after the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice of violation of the Clean Air Act by Volkswagen. During the tests, cars manufactured by the company met the required nitrogen oxide emissions level, but it turned out that they were actually emitting 40 times more.

It was estimated that manipulative software was installed in more than eleven million cars all over the world.

Is the German judiciary independent enough?

As pointed out by many, the European Commission (EC), despite its alleged concern for the environment, has been keeping the “Dieselgate” issue in its “freezer” for a very long time. As experts emphasise, Volkswagen is a company partially owned by the German state and the country’s authorities have been aware and involved in the cases of fraud.

In connection with this fact, Martin Borowski, Regional Court judge, asked the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) whether the German judiciary is independent enough to rule on the “Dieselgate” scandal.

“There is a caste of lawyers and judges and they create new laws out of itself,” Maximilian Krah - German lawyer, politician of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, and Rock Rachon’s guest, said, commenting on the matter, pointing out that regular people have no way to stop them.

“The law goes away from democracy,” he pointed out and added that the goal of those lawyers is to make the EU an “institution that can interfere in each and every aspect of life.”

The second guest on the show was Matthew Tyrmand who is a Polish-American economist, publicist and social activist, writing for “Do Rzeczy” and “Wprost” weeklies.