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Saturday 19 April 2014

Pressure on politician to resign in plagiarism row

German Education Minister Schavan talks with Chancellor Merkel. Angela Merkel's education minister was stripped of her doctorate this week

GERMANY'S education minister is under mounting pressure to resign after her former university stripped her of her doctorate for plagiarism.

A panel of academics from Dusseldorf University found that Annette Schavan, pictured, "deliberately" passed off the work of others as her own without sufficient referencing in her 1980 thesis, entitled 'Person and Conscience'.

The decision prompted immediate calls from the opposition for Ms Schavan to step down from German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government.

Andrea Nahles, the general secretary of the Social Democrat party, said Ms Schavan must "face the consequences of her actions", and Jurgen Trittin, the Green Party leader, said the minister no longer had any credibility, making her position "no longer tenable".

Mrs Merkel has so far stood by Ms Schavan. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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