lkswagen's diesel scandal now entangling governments across Europe. The EU launching legal action against seven countries for failing to police emissions cheating by carmakers. Germany, Britain, Spain, and Luxembourg all accused of letting VW off too easily. Over its widespread use of illegal software to rig emissions tests.
The Czech Republic, Lithuania and Greece also under fire. The German car giant has agreed to an almost $15 billion settlement with the US, but has so far escaped similar penalties in Europe. Berlin argues that EU rules in this area are poorly framed. But Brussels says, it's each nation's duty to ensure car makers follow the law.
The European Commission now wielding the biggest stick it has, to try to force nations to clamp down on the powerful car industry. The countries have two months to respond, or risk being taken to the EU's court in Luxembourg.