- Title: German family affairs minister may step down amid plagiarism scandal
- Date: 15th August 2019
- Summary: BERLIN, GERMANY (FILE - FEBRUARY 14, 2019) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** VARIOUS OF FAMILY AFFAIRS MINISTER FRANZISKA GIFFEY POSING FOR CAMERAS WITH CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL AT EVENT COMMEMORATING 100 YEARS OF WOMEN'S RIGHT TO VOTE BERLIN, GERMANY (FILE - APRIL 21, 2011) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR BERLIN'S NEUKOELLN DISTRICT'S BUREAU VARIOUS OF GIFFEY, THEN LOCAL NEUKOELLN DISTRICT HEAD, SEATED AT DESK BERLIN BEAR SCULPTURES ON DISPLAY BERLIN, GERMANY (FILE - MARCH 14, 2018) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF GIFFEY RECEIVING OFFICIAL DOCUMENT FROM PRESIDENT FRANK-WALTER STEINMEIER AFTER BEING NAMED GERMAN FAMILY AFFAIRS MINISTER BERLIN, GERMANY (FILE - MARCH 29, 2018) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF GIFFEY VISITING KINDERGARTEN AND POSING FOR CAMERAS WITH CHILDREN BERLIN, GERMANY (FILE - MARCH 14, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS EXTERIORS LOCAL NEUKOELLN DISTRICT SPD OFFICES VARIOUS OF THEN SPD NEUKOELLN HEAD GIFFEY CHAIRING PARTY MEETING POTSDAM, GERMANY (FILE - AUGUST 2, 2019) (REUTERS) PEOPLE DRINKING BEER AND APPLAUDING DURING DURING SUMMER GIFFEY APPLAUDING
- Embargoed: 29th August 2019 14:42
- Keywords: Franziska Giffey plagiarism doctoral dissertation German family affairs minister
- Location: BERLIN & POTSDAM, GERMANY
- City: BERLIN & POTSDAM, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Government/Politics
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- Story Text: German Family Affairs Minister Franziska Giffey said in a statement on Thursday that she would not run to head the Social Democrats (SPD) party and that she would resign if Berlin's Free University would renounce her doctoral dissertation.
After plagiarism accusations, Berlin Free University started checking her dissertation months ago.
At the same time, Giffey has been expected to run for the SPD leadership for weeks.
In March 2011, then German defence minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg resigned after admitting to copying part of a doctoral dissertation, stunning Chancellor Angela Merkel and depriving her conservatives of their brightest star at the time.
In February 2013, Germany's then education minister Annette Schavan resigned after being stripped of her doctorate for plagiarism, embarrassing Angela Merkel and depriving her of a close ally.
Schavan later became German ambassador to the Vatican.
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