German minister accused of plagiarism Baron Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg is minister of defence in Angela Merkel��s cabinet and was, until recently, also Germanys most popular politician. He is young, good-looking and a self-proclaimed Lebron X Bhm Shoes acid-rock fan. Now he is being charged with plagiarism: The Christian Democrat politician allegedly duplicated passages from newspaper articles, conference proceedings and grey literature for his PhD thesis, without giving proper references.As the Sddeutsche Zeitung and other German media report, Guttenbergs 475-page thesis, on constitutional development in
the United States and the European Union, contains sections of text identical to a 2003 essay by Klara Obermller in the weekend edition of the Swiss newspaper Neue Zrcher Zeitung, and to the written version of a talk given in 2004 by political scientist Wilfried Marxer at the Liechtenstein Institute in Bendern in the Principality of Liechtenstein. The thesis, published in 2009 by academic publishers Duncker & Humblot, also contains a brief passage almost identical to Buy Nike Lebron material from the website of
the US Diplomatic Mission to Germany.The apparent duplications were first discovered last weekend by Andreas Fischer-Lescano, a Bremen-based professor of law, who had carried out a random google search of terms and phrases in Guttenbergs book.Guttenberg, 39, was already a member of the German parliament in 2006 when he had submitted his thesis to the University of Bayreuth. He subsequently received a PhD summa cum laude Lebron X Bhm Shoes from the universitys faculty of law.The universitys ombudsman for good scientific practise, Diethelm Kippel, told
the Sddeutsche Zeitung that NIKE ZOOM KD 5 the plagiarism allegations will be investigated. If confirmed, Guttenberg could face withdrawal of his PhD degree. Guttenberg is quoted as saying to have produced his thesis to the best of my knowledge and belief.It is not the first time that suspicion of academic misconduct has reached government spheres. In 2009, Nature revealed extensive plagiarism in scientific publications by members of the Iranian cabinet, including science minister Kamran Daneshjou and transport minister Hamid Behbahani.Image: Laurence Chaperon. Federal government.