German chancellor pledges extra €500m in attempt to head off threat of ban on diesel vehicles following emissions scandal

Angela Merkel has pledged a further €500m (£460m) to help German cities fight air pollution caused by diesel cars, as a scandal strangling the automobile industry threatened to engulf politicians at the height of an election campaign.

Merkel said she was doubling financial aid to cities from a previously announced €500m, in an attempt to stave off the threat of an all-out ban against diesel vehicles.

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