German minister gives up doctorate after plagiarism row

Discuss about the latest news & interesting topics, real life experience or other out of topic discussions with locals & expatriates in Singapore.
Post Reply
Posts: 334
Joined: Wed, 09 Feb 2011 2:38 pm

German minister gives up doctorate after plagiarism row

Post by Eau2011 » Sun, 27 Feb 2011 10:48 am

This one is supposed to be future candidate of CSU party for German chancellor. Hopefully he will never be!

How dissapointing! I liked him very much before. :(

How many politicians are liars? We would never know!
BBC news:
Germany's defence minister has given up his doctoral title for good, after allegations that he had plagiarised sections of his thesis.

Last week Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg said he would temporarily give up the title while his university investigated the charges.

The University of Bayreuth says he has now asked them to retract his doctorate in law, according to German TV.

Mr Guttenberg admitted that he had made "serious mistakes".

At an election rally near Frankfurt on Monday, the charismatic defence minister said the mistakes were not intentional but he conceded that they "do not meet the ethical code of science".

Difficult decision

He said it was a painful decision to make, especially given that he had worked for six or seven years of his life on the PhD.

His thesis - Constitution and Constitutional Treaty: Constitutional Developments in the US and EU - was completed in 2006 and published in 2009.

The Suddeutsche Zeitung claimed that Mr zu Guttenberg had copied, word for word, one passage from a newspaper article and another from a public lecture, without attributing them, while other texts were incorrectly attributed.

The list of alleged instances of plagiarism grew as journalists and internet users looked more deeply at the thesis.

Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted on Monday that she is standing by her defence minister, who is seen as something of a rising star in her conservative coalition.

"I appointed Guttenberg as minister of defence," she told reporters. "I did not appoint him as an academic assistant or doctor. What is important to me is his work as minister of defence and he carries out these duties perfectly."

She also played down the role that the scandal might have played in her party's heavy defeat in a regional election in Hamburg at the weekend.
Last edited by Eau2011 on Sun, 27 Feb 2011 11:17 am, edited 1 time in total.

User avatar
Posts: 16522
Joined: Wed, 24 Mar 2010 12:43 pm
Location: K. Puki Manis

Post by JR8 » Sun, 27 Feb 2011 11:00 am

The German Golden Boy takes a bullet.

I reckon 95% of politicians start out well-meaning, but end up in in for themselves alone.

Post Reply
  • Similar Topics
    Last post

Return to “General Discussions”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 33 guests