PhD Stripped From German Education Minister
Annette Schavan plagiarized 30-year-old thesis: university
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 6, 2013 12:09 PM CST
Annette Schavan reads files at the beginning of the weekly cabinet meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Jan. 23, 2013.   (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

(Newser) – Irony alert: Germany's minister of education just lost her doctorate. The University of Düsseldorf has stripped Annette Schavan of her PhD, it announced yesterday, because she carried out "a deliberate deception through plagiarism." An anonymous blogger last year accused Schavan of plagiarizing sections of her thesis more than 30 years ago, the New York Times explains. Schavan has always denied the allegations and, according to the BBC, intends to appeal.

Within hours of the university's decision, German politicians and commentators were calling for Schavan's head, der Spiegel reports. She would be the second member of Angela Merkel's Cabinet ousted for plagiarism; Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg resigned in a similar scandal in 2011, and Schavan, ironically, was outspoken in denouncing him. A Merkel spokesman today said the prime minister has "full confidence" in Schavan.

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Jul 30, 2013 12:11 AM CDT
Degrees like that don't mean crap anymore. We see them all the time here and the people are just idiots. Nothing is believed on a resume until we test and confirm. Not only do people lie constantly, even if they have the degrees, that doesn't mean they know anything with all the affirmative action crap.
Feb 7, 2013 7:30 AM CST
She would fit in Obama cabinet perfectly?
Feb 7, 2013 2:12 AM CST
I don't know -- she got this far despite her fake credentials. Makes you wonder whether a formal education is really worth the money. Too bad society is more impressed with academic qualifications than street smarts. People like Ms Schavan, when found out, are actually like the little boy in the emperor story, who with reference to the value of academe, blurts out, "The Emperor has no clothes!'