By on November 8, 2015

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Volkswagen engineers in Germany are afraid to do business trips to the U.S. because one employee had his passport confiscated by U.S. investigators, reported Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany’s largest subscription daily newspaper, on Saturday.

The paper goes on to explain Volkswagen believes U.S. authorities want to question certain engineers and are preventing their exit from the country, and evasion of questioning, by confiscating their passports.

A spokesman for Volkswagen told Reuters: “Volkswagen employees are still traveling to the United States. Everything else is speculation.”

Süddeutsche Zeitung stated it is unlikely that German employees will travel to the U.S. until assurances are made, including newly minted group CEO Matthias Müller.

“We need legal security here before he can fly to the United States.”

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