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VW is likely to be treated gently by the German government in its emission cheating scandal. (Photo: AP)

(Bloomberg) — Volkswagen AG is set to escape fines from the German Transport Ministry after cheating on emissions tests for years, despite growing public ire over the lack of compensation for European owners of tainted vehicles.

It’s sufficient for Volkswagen to fix diesel vehicles in Germany so that they meet legal requirements, Transport Ministry spokesman Ingo Strater said Wednesday. Meanwhile, Bild, Germany’s most-read newspaper, took Volkswagen to task for failing to compensate the 2.4 million affected owners in its home country amid growing discontent after Chief Executive Officer Matthias Mueller rejected compensation in Europe.

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