German education minister faces plagiarism inquiry

German education minister faces plagiarism inquiry
# 27 January 2013 03:20 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. A German university has opened an inquiry to investigate allegations that German Education Minister Annette Schavan plagiarized parts of her Ph.D. dissertation, APA reports quoting Press TV.

The University of Dusseldorf opened the case on January 24 after a board of monitors found questionable text in 56 pages of Schavan’s doctoral thesis, which was completed in 1980.

"The board has discussed the facts in detail and voted with a secret ballot by a score of 14-0 with one abstention to open a full investigation," said Bruno Bleckmann, the university’s dean.

The board is scheduled to meet again on February 5 to discuss the issue.

Schavan, who is one of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's closest allies, has denied the plagiarism charges first raised by an unknown blogger.

"I'm convinced these unfounded plagiarism charges will be disproved," she said.

However, the issue could cost Merkel’s conservative government votes in the upcoming parliamentary election.


In 2011, then German defense minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg had to resign after it was proven that large parts of his doctoral thesis were copied.

The center-left opposition has called on Schavan to resign. However, the education minister says she will not step down.

On Wednesday, Merkel’s spokesman said that the chancellor “values and has full confidence” in the work of the education minister. Baku-APA. A German university has opened an inquiry to investigate allegations that German Education Minister Annette Schavan plagiarized parts of her Ph.D. dissertation, APA reports quoting Press TV.


The University of Dusseldorf opened the case on January 24 after a board of monitors found questionable text in 56 pages of Schavan’s doctoral thesis, which was completed in 1980.

"The board has discussed the facts in detail and voted with a secret ballot by a score of 14-0 with one abstention to open a full investigation," said Bruno Bleckmann, the university’s dean.

The board is scheduled to meet again on February 5 to discuss the issue.

Schavan, who is one of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's closest allies, has denied the plagiarism charges first raised by an unknown blogger.

"I'm convinced these unfounded plagiarism charges will be disproved," she said.

However, the issue could cost Merkel’s conservative government votes in the upcoming parliamentary election.


In 2011, then German defense minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg had to resign after it was proven that large parts of his doctoral thesis were copied.

The center-left opposition has called on Schavan to resign. However, the education minister says she will not step down.

On Wednesday, Merkel’s spokesman said that the chancellor “values and has full confidence” in the work of the education minister.

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