Diesel and Germany’s carmakers

This week BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen executives and ministers met in Berlin for a crisis summit as disasters mount for the industry that is central to the country’s national identity. Here’s the best of our comment, analysis and letters

While Berlin still vigorously defends its auto industry, the politics has changed

Diesel is dying and the only question is how long it will take

Automobiles have been seen as a distillation of the best of the country’s character

Ministers cannot shield companies from their diesel difficulties

From John Wormald, Chichester, W Sussex, UK

From James Thornton and Howard Covington, ClientEarth