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London – last tuesday, he appeared again, the grand-daddy of whistleblowing, daniel ellsberg. At the importing event for the summer edition of the london magazine index on censorship, the 90-year whistleblowers of the pentagon papers spoke to the topic complex whistleblowing.

The special report of the new magazine title is: whistleblower: the life elixir of democracy. A moving story after the other leads to the exciting world of those people who stand out from others by applying the courage to pronounce obvious wrong. The ie is a must for all who want to know what on germany after the 17. December.

Emissions scandal: volkswagen wants to limit the duration of amnesty program

According to information from the suddeutscher zeitung, NDR and WDR the recently launched amnesty program for employees until the end of november 2015. The company wants to increase the prere to clarify the situation. Employees involved in the emissions manipulations, who wanted to save their jobs with a confession, had to hurry up. A volkswagen spokesman did not want to comment on this on thursday evening. "We are discussing such an ie," the spokesman said in response to a question. He did not want to give details.

According to the media report, volkswagen fears that the U.S. Authorities in particular will be displeased if volkswagen does not deliver results soon in its internal investigations. Group circles conceded that the offer of amnesty had to be made sooner. Apparently, several engineers and technicians had held back with statements out of fear for their jobs. The VW spokesman pointed out in this context that there has been a kind of ombudsman system in the company for several years already. "There has always been the possibility for employees to turn to certain bodies such as external lawyers and to do so anonymously as well."

In the course of the VW affair around manipulated exhaust gas values the former group boss martin winterkorn resigned on wednesday with immediate effect also his office as supervisory board chairman with audi. Corresponding information from the ingolstadt daily newspaper donaukurier was confirmed by an audi spokesman. Winterkorn was dismissed from his position as chairman of the supervisory board because of the affair about falsified exhaust emission measurements for diesel cars on 23. Rother resigned from his post as volkswagen CEO in september 2015. On 17. October 2015, he also resigned from his post as head of porsche’s holding company PSE.

In the emissions scandal, volkswagen is defending itself against accusations that the company’s former boss martin winterkorn is to blame. So far, there is no evidence of complicity on the part of the board of management, argue lawyers for the group in a response to investor lawsuits reported to the german press agency . Supervisory board member wolfgang porsche spoke out in favor of a new culture of discussion in the group’s management bodies and wants to openly address difficult ies at VW after "dieselgate". Bernd osterloh, head of the works council, expressed a similar view. "If, for example, we discover that we have an overstaffing situation in individual areas at volkswagen, we have to be able to think about constructive solutions at an early stage," porsche told the german press agency. "This avoids having to lay people off overnight in the event of a crisis."Porsche spoke out in favor of a new culture of communication, even in the upper echelons: "we need to talk more to each other instead of about each other. And that is something we still need to improve in the group."

As chief controller of porsche SE, the 72-year-old is the most influential member of porsche’s supervisory board. The families hold the majority of volkswagen voting rights via the porsche holding company. Volkswagen itself will try to avoid job cuts in the core workforce after the slump in profits in the wake of the scandal. However, job cuts are still possible. So far, it is mainly the temporary workers who fear for their jobs.

The volkswagen emissions scandal became public in mid-september 2015 following a report by U.S. Environmental authorities. Volkswagen then admitted to having installed software in around eleven million diesel vehicles worldwide that had been used to manipulate emission values. This had plunged the group into a serious crisis. Billions in costs loom – also due to lawsuits. VW made its first mandatory announcement to the stock market, a so-called ad hoc announcement, on 22 december. September 2015. One day later the long-time head of volkswagen martin winterkorn resigned. He accepts responsibility for the irregularities, but is not aware of any wrongdoing, winterkorn said at the time.

Exhaust gas fraud: investigations against daimler employees

The stuttgart public prosecutor’s office has opened investigations against daimler employees on suspicion of fraud in connection with exhaust gas manipulation in diesel vehicles. "We are investigating employees of daimler AG, known and unknown by name, on suspicion of fraud and criminal advertising," a spokesman for the authorities said today.

He did not want to say how many employees were involved. Earlier, the weekly newspaper die zeit had reported that employees had incriminated the company with regard to possible illegal technical manipulation of diesel vehicles.

Upon request, daimler stated that it was in contact with the stuttgart public prosecutor’s office and other authorities. However, a spokeswoman said that the company had no knowledge of any interviews with employees by the stuttgart public prosecutor’s office.