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The European Union started legal action Thursday against seven countries including Germany and Britain for failing to police emissions test cheating by carmakers after the Volkswagen scandal.German officials – who say EU law is poorly framed – had been skeptical Brussels would take on the EU's leading power and by far its biggest carmaker at a time when the unity of the bloc is being challenged by euroskeptics and Britain's vote to leave.Thursday's cases are a sign the EU executive, under pressure from the European Parliament, is keen to prove its worth to voters.So-called "defeat devices" to cheat emissions tests have been illegal under EU law since 2007 .Germany has said EU law is poorly framed, allowing for the loophole.
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