German politician quits over plagiarism
Berlin - A vice-president of the European Parliament has become the second prominent German politician to resign this year following allegations that she plagiarised parts of her doctoral thesis.
Silvana Koch-Mehrin announced that she is quitting the parliament post and also stepping down from the leadership board of her Free Democratic Party.
She added in a statement late on Wednesday that she will remain a European lawmaker. She didn't address the allegations but said she didn't want to be a "target for attacks".
German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg resigned two months ago after it emerged that he copied large parts of his thesis without attribution.
Contributors to a website started an unofficial examination of other doctorates in the wake of his resignation.