The fact that Europe's biggest car maker Volkswagen is a famed practitioner of the Mitbestimmung system of co-operation between managers and workers, a high percentage of its workers are unionised, Germany's chancellor, Gerhard Schröder, is a former member of its supervisory board and the government of the state of Lower Saxony is its biggest shareholder, making it the most politically sensitive of the country's corporations, has led to the excitement currently gripping Germany over an unfolding bribery scandal at VW, according to The Economist.