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Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Germany's Defense Minister Under Fire For Plagiarism

A German MP is under fire for having incorporated nearly all of an article written for him by a civil servant, Dr. Ulrich Tammler, into his doctoral dissertation.  Karl-Theodor Maria Nikolaus Johann Jacob Philipp Franz Joseph Sylvester, Freiherr von und zu Guttenberg, a member of the Christian Social Union, and currently the German defense minister, received a PhD from the University of Bayreuth in 2006 for work partly based on the dissertation. An investation launched by newspapers including Der Spiegel uncovered the possible plagiarism. Mr. Guttenberg has stopped calling himself "Dr." (he is also an aristocrat). Wiki mavens are on the hunt for examples of similarities between the dissertation and the article written by Dr. Tammler. Reports surfaced earlier this month with suggestions from a law professor that Dr. Guttenberg had copied newspaper articles and used them for his dissertation. The newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung reproduced out some analysis for the public, available here (in German).

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