Something is rotten with the state of German business –


Greece, for sure. Probably Italy as well. Perhaps China, Brazil and anywhere in the Middle East. There are plenty of countries around the world where we suspect that business can be corrupt, not many deals get done without some money changing hands along the line, and where bribes and backhanders are woven into everyday commercial life. But Germany is probably not on the list. And yet it should be.

In fact, over the last decade, many business scandals have been stamped with the words “Made In Germany”. Such as? The tech company Wirecard has just become the latest major German business to become embroiled in problems. Before that, Volkswagen was caught cheating on diesel emissions standards, Siemens…