Taking many Germans completely off guard, recent allegations that Siemens has links to an embezzlement scandal involving a Nigerian dictator and the long-running bribery investigation at Volkswagen have actually improved Germanyâ€™s standing in the international business community.
â€œWow,â€ said one American mega-manager who wished to remain unnamed. â€œI never figured that the Germans were this sleazy. I mean, you know, theyâ€™ve had to carry around this squeaky-clean image with them for years and years like that and I suppose that after a time, they actually started believing that nonsense themselves. It was a self-fulfilling prophecy kind of thing, I guess. Itâ€™s good that someone has finally developed the courage and the backbone to break out of such a vicious circle of pathological denial like that. Iâ€™m so happy for them.â€
The unnamed captain of industry, also wearing a dark hood, then went on to explain that to the best of his knowledge, these two spectacular scandals are actually just the latest in a long series of disgraceful and unethical German misbehavior which has taken place in recent years.
â€œThese guys arenâ€™t in the Enron league or anything,â€ he said. â€œBut give them a couple years and you might see some stellar performance. Theyâ€™re hungry, you know? Like locusts. And a real pleasure to watch. Everybody likes an underdog. Or underhund, I guess they call them over there.â€
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