It’s official – Germany’s former defence minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg did cheat on his dissertation.
The University of Bayreuth has published a report on the matter showing plagiarism from unpublished articles, old newspapers and other people’s work.
The Bavarian university said Guttenberg, once the brightest star in German politics, had “seriously violated university standards”.
“The commission has examined the accusations against Mr Guttenberg and determined it is evident that he grossly violated academic practice and that he deliberately deceived,” it said.
Guttenberg, who gave Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government a badly needed dash of glamour as defence minister, abruptly resigned on March 1 and then dropped out of sight after admitting to copying part of his doctoral thesis on constitutional law.
Guttenberg, who is 39 years old, was considered future Chancellor material before the scandal.