Germany’s Interior Minister Horst Seehofer says a quarter of all refugees saved in the Mediterranean should be brought into Germany. The plan has been criticized by members of the CDU and CSU, but Seehofer stands by it.
The latest development in the VW diesel scandal: German broadcaster Südwestrundfunk says new engines produced by Volkswagen also have emissions cheating software installed. If true, engines in several other car brands could also be holding the illegal tech. More in your KCRW Berlin News Brief.
Zoo Berlin has confirmed giant panda Meng Meng is indeed expecting, following several weeks of uncertainty. In other news, patriarch and former CEO of Volkswagen, Ferdinand Piëch has died at the age of 82. Piëch is credited with helping VW and other brands establish a global presence in the auto industry.
On September 1, Brandenburg & Saxony go to the polls in state elections that could be a litmus test for Merkel’s government. Host Sumi Somaskanda looks into the possible implications of the upcoming vote with Berlin Policy Journal’s editor, Henning Hoff, the DW’s political correspondent Thomas Sparrow, and Krautreporter journalist Josa Mania-Schlegel.