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German 'plagiarism' minister Guttenberg drops PhD

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    Askari Kanzu JF-Expert Member

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    German 'plagiarism' minister Guttenberg drops PhD


    German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg has temporarily renounced his PhD following accusations of plagiarism.

    German media allege several passages of his 2006 thesis were lifted from other people's work.

    The minister strongly denies the claims but says he will drop his doctoral title while they are investigated.

    Chancellor Angela Merkel had offered to support him if he explained his actions and apologised, reports say.

    "I will temporarily, I repeat temporarily, give up my doctoral title," Mr zu Guttenberg told reporters on Friday.

    He said he would "actively" help the university investigating the claims and insisted he did not want to be treated according to different standards from anybody else.
    "People expect me to carry out my challenging duty as defence minister with all my strength," he added.

    Mr zu Guttenberg has come under intense pressure because of the claims from the media and political opponents.

    The charismatic 39-year-old minister with an aristocratic background, seen as a possible successor to Angela Merkel as chancellor, had managed to avoid the public glare on Thursday because of an unannounced visit to northern Afghanistan.

    But on his return, he cancelled a trip to an election rally in Saxony-Anhalt, shortly before he was due to give a speech.

    Instead, he was called to a meeting with Mrs Merkel in Berlin to discuss the swirl of allegations which has led to the ZDF television website dubbing him "Zu Copyberg", Financial Times Deutschland naming him "Baron Cut-and-Paste", and Berlin daily Tageszeitung nicknaming him "Zu Googleberg".

    The popular minister rejected as "absurd" initial reports in the Suddeutsche Zeitung that one passage was copied word for word from a newspaper article and another was taken from a public lecture, without attribution.

    Spiegel magazine reported that the minister had also used a paragraph from the US Embassy website without attribution and the list of alleged instances of plagiarism has continued to grow as journalists and internet-users pore over its contents.

    "The writing of the dissertation was my own work," Mr zu Guttenberg said.
    But the University of Bayreuth, where he completed his PhD on constitutional developments in the US and EU, has given him a fortnight to respond to the allegations in writing.

    The affair erupted when a law professor from Bremen University began writing a review of the thesis, with the aid of the internet.

    The opposition Social Democrats have warned that if the allegations of plagiarism are found to be true then the defence minister will have to stand down because of the damage to his credibility.

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    Leornado JF-Expert Member

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    Bravo zu Gutternberg, sio wengine wanaringia udokta wa kupewa.

    udokta lazima usote sio copy anda paste kama mawaziri vihiyo wengi wa tanzania.
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    German minister gives up doctorate after plagiarism row

    Chancellor Merkel has dismissed suggestions Mr Guttenberg (C) should resign as defence minister

    Germany's defence minister has given up his doctoral title for good, after allegations that he had plagiarised sections of his thesis.

    Last week Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg said he would temporarily give up the title while his university investigated the charges.

    The University of Bayreuth says he has now asked them to retract his doctorate in law, according to German TV.

    Mr Guttenberg admitted that he had made "serious mistakes".

    At an election rally near Frankfurt on Monday, the charismatic defence minister said the mistakes were not intentional but he conceded that they "do not meet the ethical code of science".

    Difficult decision
    He said it was a painful decision to make, especially given that he had worked for six or seven years of his life on the PhD.

    His thesis - Constitution and Constitutional Treaty: Constitutional Developments in the US and EU - was completed in 2006 and published in 2009.

    The Suddeutsche Zeitung claimed that Mr zu Guttenberg had copied, word for word, one passage from a newspaper article and another from a public lecture, without attributing them, while other texts were incorrectly attributed.

    The list of alleged instances of plagiarism grew as journalists and internet users looked more deeply at the thesis.

    Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted on Monday that she is standing by her defence minister, who is seen as something of a rising star in her conservative coalition. "I appointed Guttenberg as minister of defence," she told reporters. "I did not appoint him as an academic assistant or doctor. What is important to me is his work as minister of defence and he carries out these duties perfectly."

    She also played down the role that the scandal might have played in her party's heavy defeat in a regional election in Hamburg at the weekend.
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    this is good,Makongoro Mahanga =Mary Nagu and Nchimbi should also drop their doctorial tttles for life as they had fake PhD