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Ex-German Education Minister loses plagiarism case

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German ex-Education Minister Schavan loses plagiarism appeal. Annette Schavan who resigned over plagiarism allegations has lost a legal bid to have her doctorate restored.

Annette Schavan resigned as Education Minister last February, four days after her PhD title was revoked, but still contests that the Heinrich Heine University was wrong to find her guilty of plagiarism. Schavan took the case to the Düsseldorf Administrative Court, seeking to retain her title for the thesis she submitted in 1980, aged 24.

A Duesseldorf administrative court upheld that decision Thursday. Schavan said she would read the full judgment before deciding whether to appeal it. "When the written judgment is released, I will confer with my lawyer about a further course of action," Schavan, who was not present in the court, said on Thursday. "The plagiarism allegations I again emphatically refute."

Schavan´s resignation came almost exactly two years after the perhaps more notorious plagiarism scandal surrounding former Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, once a rising star from the Bavarian wing of Chancellor Angela Merkel´s Christian Democrats. He was also stripped of his doctoral title for plagiarism, in a case that led to the sudden scrutiny of several other dog-eared academic papers written long ago by key German politicians.

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