Not Business As Usual
German business has always had a spotless reputation for moral probity. Lately, however, a succession of corruption scandals has dented the country's corporate self-image. In June and July, fraud and bribery charges were leveled against top executives at carmaker Volkswagen and at Infineon, Europe's second largest computer-chip maker.

Now another iconic national brand, BMW, is making unsavory headlines. Last week, one of the firm's sales managers was arrested on allegations of taking up to $100,000 in bribes from an east German supplier for funneling orders its way. So far, the...

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