No one knows how far the fallout of Volkswagen’s diesel scandal may spread. Not the regulators. Not the class-action attorneys. Not the ranks of executives in Wolfsburg, Germany, frantically shifting into damage control mode.
It’s an unwelcome testament to Volkswagen’s success. Since almost being bombed out of existence in the Second World War, the company has grown remarkably. Today, its 600,000 employees make roughly one out of every nine vehicles in the world. The diesel engine, which Volkswagen introduced in the 1970s, has been a big part of that trajectory. Acquisitions have been critical, too, as the company has nimbly snapped up disparate brands and used massive scale to share suppliers, components, and employees. Now, though, as Volkswagen’s diesel scandal spreads like fire on a fuel spill, all of that sharing could be more of a liability than an asset.
On May 28, 1937, the government of Germany–then under the control of Adolf Hitler of the National Socialist (Nazi) Party–formed a new state-owned automobile company, then known as Gesellschaft zur Vorbereitung des Deutschen Volkswagens mbH. Later that year, it was renamed simply Volkswagenwerk, or “The People’s Car Company.”
Originally operated by the German Labor Front, a Nazi organization, Volkswagen was headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. In addition to his ambitious campaign to build a network of autobahns and limited access highways across Germany, Hitler’s pet project was the development and mass production of an affordable yet still speedy vehicle that could sell for less than 1,000 Reich marks (about $140 at the time). To provide the design for this “people’s car,” Hitler called in the Austrian automotive engineer Ferdinand Porsche.
In 1938, at a Nazi rally, the Fuhrer declared: “It is for the broad masses that this car has been built. Its purpose is to answer their transportation needs, and it is intended to give them joy.” However, soon after the KdF (Kraft-durch-Freude)-Wagen (“Strength-Through-Joy” car) was displayed for the first time at the Berlin Motor Show in 1939, World War II began, and Volkswagen halted production. After the war ended, with the factory in ruins, the Allies would make Volkswagen the focus of their attempts to resuscitate the German auto industry.
Volkswagen sales in the United States were initially slower than in other parts of the world, due to the car’s historic Nazi connections as well as its small size and unusual rounded shape. In 1959, the advertising agency Doyle Dane Bernbach launched a landmark campaign, dubbing the car the “Beetle” and spinning its diminutive size as a distinct advantage to consumers. Over the next several years, VW became the top-selling auto import in the United States. In 1960, the German government sold 60 percent of Volkswagen’s stock to the public, effectively denationalizing it. Twelve years later, the Beetle surpassed the longstanding worldwide production record of 15 million vehicles, set by Ford Motor Company’s legendary Model T between 1908 and 1927.
Watch Adolf Hitler ride in the Nazi-produced Volkwagen
With the Beetle’s design relatively unchanged since 1935, sales grew sluggish in the early 1970s. VW bounced back with the introduction of sportier models such as the Rabbit and later, the Golf. In 1998, the company began selling the highly touted “New Beetle” while still continuing production of its predecessor. After nearly 70 years and more than 21 million units produced, the last original Beetle rolled off the line in Puebla, Mexico, on July 30, 2003.
THIRD TIME THE CHARM? After Starting Both World Wars I and II, Germany Now Calls For The Creation Of A Massive European Army
Angela Merkel called for the creation of a ‘real, true’ European army during a speech to EU ministers on Tuesday in a rebuke to President Trump.
Angela Merkel called for the creation of a ‘real, true’ European army during a speech to EU ministers on Tuesday in a rebuke to President Trump. The German Chancellor also called for a European Security Council that would be responsible for coordinating defence policy across the continent.
If history is any guide to future events, Germany will indeed be the driving force behind the start of WWIII whenever that finally begins. There is just something about the mindset of the German people in Europe that leads them towards dreams of world domination. They came pretty close in WWI, they came frighteningly close in WWII, and one might well imagine the third time just may be the charm.
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana, 20th century thinker
In 2018, Germany is the de facto leader of the European Union, they have the strongest economy, and now they want to lead an effort to create an European Army to defend themselves from ‘Russia, China and the US’.
Hmm…does anyone else find that interesting?
Merkel calls for creation of a ‘real, true’ European army in rebuke to Trump
FROM THE DAILY MAIL UK: In her speech, which was about the future of the EU, Merkel said: ‘What is really important, if we look at the developments of the past year, is that we have to work on a vision of one day creating a real, true European army.
She said the new army would work in conjunction with NATO, but added that ‘only a stronger Europe is going to defend Europe.’
‘Europe must take our fate into our own hands if we want to protect our community,’ she said.
The remark drew widespread applause and a smattering of boos from watching lawmakers.
Macron made the same suggestion last week in an interview with TV station Europe 1 when he spoke about Russian aggression and Trump’s decision to withdraw from a key Cold War missile pact.
He said: ‘I believe in the project of a sovereign Europe. We won’t protect Europe if we don’t decide to have a true European army.
‘We have to have a Europe that can defend itself alone – and without only relying on the United States in a more sovereign manner.
‘We should protect ourselves when it comes to China, Russia and even the United States of America.’
That last remark angered Trump, who met with Macron on Friday last week and tweeted before the meeting: ‘President Macron of France has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the US, China and Russia.
‘Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of NATO, which the US subsidizes greatly!’
The French government insists that Macron meant Europe needs to protect itself from decisions the US makes – such as withdrawing from the missile treaty – and not from an invasion, though Trump seems to have interpreted it differently. READ MORE
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Angela Merkel Now Forced To Pay Muslims Migrants Millions To Leave Germany Voluntarily
Angela Merkel is setting aside €90m in taxpayers’ money to create a fund which will pay muslim migrants to leave Germany voluntarily.
Chancellor Angela Merkel is setting aside €90m (£76m) in taxpayers’ money to create a fund which will pay migrants to withdraw their asylum applications and leave Germany voluntarily.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Angela Merkel thought it was a great idea to throw their borders wide open, and let a million, unvetted Muslim migrants come in. Then the attacks on the street started, then the rapes started, and the streets filled with piles of garbage 30 feet high. The Germany people are revolting, as the prospect of her re-election grows dimmer by the hour. Observe her very desperate attempt to solve the problem by throwing money at it. Will it work? Only if the German people are as stupid as she seems to believe they are, but they’re not.
The handouts will form part of a 16-point plan to speed up the removal of rejected asylum seekers, after Tunisian migrant Anis Amri murdered a Polish lorry driver, hijacked his vehicle and drove it into a Christmas market in Berlin while awaiting deportation.
U.S. president Donald Trump told The Times that Merkel made a “catastrophic mistake” when she opened the doors to an unlimited number of migrants in 2015. Her vice-chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, later admitted that his superior had underestimated how difficult it would be to integrate migrants on such a grand scale, and that Germany had been plunged into a kulturkampf, or “cultural war”, as a result.
16 y/o German girl talks about muslim immigration, destruction of her own country
Germany rejected 170,000 asylum claims in 2016 but, according to the Mail, just 26,000 were repatriated. 55,000 more decided to leave voluntarily – apparently leaving 81,000 bogus applicants unaccounted for.
“We rely heavily on voluntary departures,” admitted Chancellor Merkel, who was announcing the package after falling behind the Social Democrats in polls for Germany’s upcoming elections.
Martin Schulz, the former President of the European Parliament who has been nominated as the Social Democrat challenger to Merkel, said he backed the proposals to speed up deportations.
Schulz has previously insisted that “the people who are arriving [in Europe] are refugees who have been threatened [and] we should welcome them” – a statement which is at odds with the Vice-President of the European Commission’s admission that at least 60 per cent are economic migrants.
As a leading figure in the European Union, Schulz was a strong supporter of the compulsory migrant quotas. These were forced through by the bloc despite strong opposition from central and eastern European member-states, which did not agree with Germany’s unilateral decision to throw open the borders.
Schulz hit out strongly at these countries in 2015, accusing them of “national egotism in its purest form”. Polish interior minister Mariusz Blaszczak described at Schulz’s words as “an example of German arrogance”. source
As Muslim Migrants Overrun Germany, Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ Rockets To #1 On Bestseller List
The first reprint of Adolf Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ in Germany since World War II has proved a surprise bestseller, heading for its sixth print run.
The first reprint of Adolf Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ in Germany since World War II has proved a surprise bestseller, heading for its sixth print run, its publisher said Tuesday.
The Institute of Contemporary History of Munich (IfZ) said around 85,000 copies of the new annotated version of the Nazi leader’s anti-Semitic manifesto had flown off the shelves since its release last January.
It had initially planned to print only 4,000 copies but boosted production immediately based on intense demand. The sixth print run will hit bookstores in late January. The two-volume work had figured on the non-fiction bestseller list in weekly magazine Der Spiegel over much of the last year, and even topped the list for two weeks in April.
All this comes as Germany, after letting in over a million unvetted Muslim migrants, has been under constant terror attacks both large and small
Muslim migrants in Germany kicked a one-year-old baby on a bus then attacked paramedics with belts as they tried to treat the infant. The shocking attack happened at approximately 9pm on Sunday night in Augsburg, one of Germany’s oldest cities.
New Edition Of Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ Bestseller In Germany
Residents were being evacuated following the discovery of a bomb from the Second World War and some had boarded a replacement night bus when a fight broke out. Several Syrian migrants erupted with anger because of a pram taking up space on the bus.
Migrants hurled abuse at other passengers before a fight broke out, with four of the Syrian men using the handles on the bus to hoist themselves up and attack women and old people to try and drag them into the fighting, according to an eyewitness.
The migrants paid no attention to anyone in their way, at one point kicking a one-year-old in the face.
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