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Turkey’s Volkswagen scandal

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In the past few weeks, Turkey was marked by two scandals related to Volkswagen. While the first one had to with diesel cars, the second was related to a plan by the company to invest in the city of Manisa.

As the details of the investment were being negotiated, real subjects were absent from the negotiation table. Economic aspects were discussed, the possibility of buildings factories on farm land were considered. The consequences for climate change were also brought up. Yet local and national politicians always shun environmental implications.


As Europe’s cement factories became homeless after environmental standards and policies were implemented there, Turkey offered its land and soil to these companies. As a result, half of Turkey’s cement industry is made up of foreign companies. Amongst them are the French group Lafarge, the Italian group Italcementi and the German group Heidelberg. Turkey has become such a hub for cement production that companies from Greece and Brazil have also started operating there.

What attracted these companies was Turkey’s low environmental standards. Just like cement companies, it is the lack of regulations that is bringing automobile manufacturers such as VW. While........

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