Annette Schavan has officially resigned from her government position as Germany’s education minister after she was found to have plagiarized on her doctoral dissertation. The announcement of this high profile and politically charged case was announced today by German chancellor Angela Merkel who accepted Mrs. Schavan’s resignation.
We begin this month’s plagiarism stories with an interesting and rather high profile case from Germany. Annette Schavan, the German education minister, is accused of plagiarizing on her doctoral dissertation which was published back in 1980 under the (ironic title) “Character and Conscience”. While the investigation is still pending, all the signs suggest that the German minister did commit intentional plagiarism, according the chairman of the investigating committee.