Honesty of German Defence minister questioned

Posted on March 6, 2011

 

Minister of Defence, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg has resigned from his position in Germany, after it was discovered that he copied a large proportion of his 2006 doctorate thesis. A Bremen university professor of law used the Internet to review the thesis, discovering that many parts had been copied word for word from various sources. Although Chancellor Angela Merkel had made the decision to stand by the minister, Guttenberg commented on his decision to resign:

“I was always ready to fight, but have to admit I have reached the limit of my strength.”

Angela Merkel believes that the minister will be able to return to his work with the government, although his allies in the world of politics started to disband as the pressure continued to mount. Many objected to Guttenberg remaining in his ministerial position, which is based on trust, with 51,500 academics signing a letter which objected to him remaining with the government.

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