Date: Feb 11, 2013 11:30 AM
Author: Jerry P. Becker
Subject: German Education Minister Resigns - Plagiarism

From The Associated Press / Boston, Saturday, February 9,
2013. See
German education minister quits in plagiarism case

By the Associated Press

BERLIN - Germany's education minister has resigned after a university
decided to withdraw her doctorate, finding that she plagiarized parts
of her thesis - an embarrassment for Chancellor Angela Merkel's
government months before national elections.

Merkel said Saturday that she had accepted minister Annette Schavan's
resignation "with a very heavy heart."

On Tuesday, Duesseldorf's Heinrich Heine University decided to revoke
Schavan's doctorate following a review of her 1980 thesis, which
dealt with the formation of conscience. The review was undertaken
after an anonymous blogger last year raised plagiarism allegations,
which the minister has denied.

Schavan's resignation comes two years after then-Defense Minister
Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg lost his doctorate and quit when it
emerged that he copied large parts of his doctoral thesis.

Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
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