These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe German army was being restructured under Mr zu Guttenberg, so his departure leaves a gap in government German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg has stepped down after he was found to have copied large parts of his university doctorate thesis.
Background[ edit ] Guttenberg studied law at the University of Bayreuth where he passed the first legal state examination in The doctoral thesis was titled "Verfassung und Verfassungsvertrag.
On the same day the newspaper informed Guttenberg and gave him a few hours to respond to the allegations. The second was immediately declined by the attorney due to apparent insubstantiality. 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. The protection of intellectual property is a higher good.
I wrote this piece of work myself and I stand by it, but I also stand by the rubbish I wrote". In an interview on 22 FebruaryLammert also expressed his doubts about the reliability of the university's awarding process. Any intention was denied by Guttenberg. The Chancellor believes him. As for the enquiry regarding his thesis he announced his full cooperation with the district attorney's investigations.
For the future the Chancellor declared that "I am convinced that we will have the opportunity to work together again in the future, in whatever form that may take".
Media reported on more than 80 charges, which had been filed. Guttenberg had no objection against publishing the commission's report after end of proceedings, the lawyers said.
Guttenberg denied any deliberate plagiarism. He described the working-method during the several years of his dissertation as often working in short periods and using various different data carriers. This led to his losing track of the PhD dissertation, Guttenberg stated.
Two of the PRS papers lacked any citation and four PRS papers were cited insufficiently,  leading to misconceptions about the initial authorship of the passages. This led to an overburdening by the thesis, which further increased during the years, Guttenberg described.
The commission however, based on the view, that Guttenberg had continued his dissertation despite the feeling of being overburdened, denied negligence and concluded on intention. For Schmitt-Glaeser especially the part of the report looking into a possible deception by Guttenberg should not have been published.
Also, according to Schmitt-Glaeser, the fact that Guttenberg had to agree to the report's publication due to massive public pressure, including from University of Bayreuth, cast a shadow of suspicion on the entire proceedings.
From the judicial proceeding on this case he expected a result solely based on facts without regard to the person concerned. Among these critics was Thomas Goppel CSUformer Bavarian Minister of Education, who viewed the report as an attempt by the university to downplay its own responsibility and acquit itself.
Rieble decried the widespread practice of academic publications being written by assistants but published by professors as much worse for academia than any plagiarism.(Newser) – Germany's aristocratic defense minister has resigned after being caught in a plagiarism scandal. Tens of thousands of academics wrote to the government in protest after it was discovered that Baron Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg—now nicknamed "Baron Cut and Paste" and "zu Googleberg"—had plagiarized large chunks of his PhD thesis, .
As some of you might know, Germany’s defense minister, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, resigned yesterday after admitting that he plagiarized his PhD dissertation.
Pitiful, I know. Pitiful, I know. Gregor Aisch visualized Guttenberg’s dissertation, highlighting the plagiarized portions.
German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg has stepped down after he was found to have copied large parts of his university doctorate thesis. German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg has stepped down after he was found to have copied large parts of his university doctorate thesis.
Mr Guttenberg, considered until recently a possible candidate for chancellor, has . One of the German media's favourite facts about the now former defence minister is his quite spectacular name. When he was born on 5 December , the politician was christened Karl-Theodor Maria Nikolaus Johann Jacob Philipp Franz Sylvester Joseph von und zu Guttenberg.
German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg steps down after he was found to have copied large parts of his university doctorate.