DGermany’s auto industry is in distress. The uncertainty is palpable. In Wolfsburg, VW boss Herbert Diess was only able to hold onto his post for a hair. In Stuttgart, Daimler boss Ola Källenius works on the hardest clearcut in the company’s history. Speculation about the reduction of 30,000 jobs arouses the mind. IG Metall sees a total of “300,000 jobs in the fire” in the metal industry – the majority of that for car manufacturers and their suppliers.

Georg Meck

Georg Meck

Responsible editor for business and “Money & More” of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.

And what happens in Munich, at the Bayerische Motoren Werke? BMW behaves so calmly that it is suspicious. No trouble. Nowhere. CEO Oliver Zipse welcomed Economics Minister Peter Altmaier on his summer tour to Bavaria last Friday. That sheds a few nice words and some nice photos. But otherwise? There is hardly anything to be heard from the BMW boss, who will soon be in office for a year and has so far not been noticed by the general public.

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