German education minister accused of cheating in university dissertation

Germany’s education minister is facing a battle for survival following allegations that she cheated in her university dissertation.

The founder of VroniPlag, a website dedicated to unearthing academic cheats, claims he has evidence that Annette Schavan copied un-cited sources for her dissertation written in 1980. The accusations come a year after Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, the high-flying German defence minister, quit after he was found to have plagiarised large chunks of his thesis.

“Her work was clearly plagiarised, and this form of scientific misconduct must have its consequences,” said Martin Heidingsfelder, VroniPlag’s creator, adding that yet another case of cheating was shaming the federal government.

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