...The Dutch government put a high tax shield on Diesel vehicles - silly, because nowadays they are cleaner than their gasser counterparts. I realized buying a new car in Northern Europe is just a very expensive venture
Yes, this tax is not cross border so it is applied against all products of the same type regardless of country origin (within EC). Government can still give incentives to companies within their own jurisdiction.
In Germany many companies still give middle management a company car which is becoming rare in the U.S.