German education minister loses Ph.D. over plagiarized thesis
February 6th, 2013
03:23 AM ET

German education minister loses Ph.D. over plagiarized thesis

Her doctoral thesis dealt with how we form our conscience. Turns out she plagiarized chunks of it.

A university stripped Germany's education minister of her Ph.D. on Tuesday, after a blogger caught the plagiarism and spent months vigilantly presenting the evidence to the public.

Annette Schavan is the second minister in conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet who has this embarrassing distinction.

Former defense minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg stepped down in May 2011, after large passages of his dissertation were found to have been directly copied from other sources.

At the time, Schavan sharply criticized Guttenberg publicly for his shortcomings, according to German media reports.

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  1. Rascal Rabble's Cut and Paste

    so how many ways can you say good morning in a thesis without committing plagerism...really when you think about it there's nothing new under the sun...

    February 6, 2013 at 6:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. PhD Research Guidance

    Really its a shame thing.We should not allow the copy content in future.
    PhD Writing

    March 12, 2013 at 1:30 am | Report abuse | Reply

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