German politician quits over plagiarism

2011-05-12 14:02

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.

  • 1eye - 2011-05-12 14:59

    To all South African politicans of all parties Its called "Moral Fibre" something that is sadly lacking in SA politic

  • The All Seeing Eye - 2011-05-12 14:59

    Well ok people resign in germany due to allegations of plagiarised parts of there doctoral thesis or maybe just a bit lazy to put in all the references. But in this country a guy can have rape charges,corruption charges not even a have a matric and still become president. Does someone think this country be in trouble?

  • antonbar - 2011-05-12 15:06

    If the German politician was an ANC member, she would have been fired from the ANC because here crime was not serious enough and you need to be a "seriaas" criminal to really make it big in the ANC, like that fraudster, kidnapper and general scumbag, the so-called Mother of the nation.

      Mchana - 2011-05-12 15:41

      you sounds shallow in your thinking my friend, try a different career.

  • mursebul - 2011-05-12 15:10

    Lady, come to South Africa, here you will be able to land huge Defence contracts and be a buddy of the President, like Mo Shaik .. .. hahaha!!! Mo we didn't forget that brother, you should be in jail for CV fraud

  • stephen scott - 2011-05-13 08:26

    you can't get into government without having charges against, in SA

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