EU anti-trust regulators raid BMW offices

Unite warned that production lines making the Mini vehicle and car engines could be disrupted as workers protested against the closure of its two final-salary pension schemes for around 5,000 employees in Britain. (Spiegel image)

BRUSSELS, Belgium — EU anti-trust regulators have raided the offices of automaker BMW, a source close to the matter told AFP on Friday, in a blow to the German car industry already hit by the Dieselgate scandal.

The European Commission, which refused to confirm the company involved, said the inspection was related to “concerns that several German car manufacturers may have violated EU antitrust rules that prohibit cartels and restrictive business practices,” a statement said.