It was announced on Thursday that Franziski Giffey, a politician of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) and until recently the Minister of the Family, had been deprived of his doctorate for plagiarism.
The Free University of Berlin said in a statement: “After thorough consultation and review, the Rector of Higher Education decided to revoke Franziski Giffey’s doctorate.”
The decision to revoke the title was based on the fact that it was made by “wrongly claiming its scientific contributions.”
“In the doctoral dissertation, part of the text and documentary evidence of other authors was consciously taken over, without pointing this out to the extent necessary,” explained.
Jifei accepted the decision of Liberty University, but again pointed out that she wrote and submitted the paper in 2009 with “the best intentions and beliefs.”
“The mistake I made was not intentional or planned,” Giffy said.
On May 18, the Social Democratic politician resigned as Minister of the Family. As she said, “plagiarism investigations cast a shadow on this function.”
But at the same time, she retained her position as the leading candidate in the Berlin federal state parliament elections in late September.
Representatives of the alliance partners of the Berlin city government and the opposition have called for more responsibility for the Jifei case.
The German alternative has required Giffey to withdraw his candidacy for the chancellor of the Federal State of Berlin.
“Those who deceive and deceive cannot be at the helm of Berlin,” AfD reports.
Ten years ago, Secretary of Defense Karl Theodor von Guttenberg and Minister of Education Anette Schavan resigned two years later on plagiarism allegations.