German Defense Minister Guttenberg resigns over alleged plagiarism

By on Mar 1, 2011 in Europe, International, Politics Comments

German defense minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg resigned from his post after he allegedly plagiarized his doctoral thesis, according to international news sites on Tuesday.

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Guttenberg, a popular politician in Germany, was reported to have announced his resignation on Tuesday after being pressured on the plagiarism accusations against him.

“I was always ready to fight, but I have reached the limit of my abilities,” the 39-year old German official told reporters in a brief news conference, noting that he already submitted his resignation letter to Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“I informed the chancellor in a very friendly conversation that I’m resigning from political offices and requested to be relieved. It’s the most painful step of my life.” Mr. Guttenberg added, as the chancellor was said to have been defending him against criticisms.

About two weeks ago, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg was in the headlines in Germany after being accused of allegedly copying parts for his thesis in 2007.

On Wednesday, the University of Bayreuth, which awarded Guttenberg’s thesis the highest grade, revoked his doctorate title.

Later, a strong call for his resignation from a group of professors and doctorate students was made and was signed by about 50,000 people online.

Meanwhile, Guttenberg admitted that he made ‘some errors’ on his thesis but claims that it was not intentional and strongly denied the accusation of plagiarism.

On the other hand, some of the country’s political analysts say they believe that Guttenberg’s resignation will be a great loss for their country’s conservative party.

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