Volkswagen cleared a big hurdle with a US deal over compensation for its engine-rigging scam, but the embattled auto giant is still a long way from drawing a line under the affair, observers say. VW has agreed to a record payout in the US, pledging to buy back or fix vehicles that tricked pollution tests, and pay each owner up to $10,000.
Britain got its first taste Wednesday of a future outside the EU as Europe's leaders met without premier David Cameron and warned London must accept EU migrants to win access to the bloc's free trade zone. European leaders gathering without a British representative for the first time in 40 years poured cold water on the chance of Britain gaining no-strings-attached access to the huge EU single market of 500 million people. "Leaders made it crystal clear today that access to the single market requires acceptance of all four freedoms, including freedom of movement," EU president Donald Tusk told a news conference.