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BMW Family Donation to Merkel's Party Stokes Lobbying Row

German opposition parties on Tuesday accused Angela Merkel of pandering to the car lobby, after her conservatives received major donations from the family that controls BMW, just as Berlin was lobbying against tougher EU caps on carbon emissions.   Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) said the three donations made on October 9 and totalling 690,000 euros “have no connection to any political decisions.”   The funds came days before European Union environment ministers backed German ...

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