Volkswagen Avoids Effort to Beef Up Oversight in German State Election

The Christian Democrats promised to give the state’s two seats on the carmaker’s 20-person supervisory board to business experts rather than politicians, as has been the case. Critics contend that weak oversight by the supervisory board helped create an environment where wrongdoing could fester.

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Stephan Weil, the prime minister of Lower Saxony in Germany and the leader of the Social Democrats in the state. He holds a seat on Volkswagen’s supervisory board.

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The company’s problems are a serious threat to the economy in Lower Saxony. Volkswagen has its headquarters and flagship factory in the city of Wolfsburg, near the state’s eastern…

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