German family affairs minister accused of plagiarism

Courtesy of Deutsche Welle

An online platform dedicated to uncovering plagiarism has accused German Family Affairs Minister Franziska Giffey of appropriating other people’s work in her doctoral dissertation, Der Spiegelmagazine reported Friday.

More than a third of the 205-page thesis included plagiarized material, according to the VroniPlag blog. Problems included “careless” referencing and misquoting, said VroniPlag activist Gerhard Dannemann, who is also a professor at the Humboldt University of Berlin.

“This type of misquoting is particularly dangerous because errors perpetuate themselves in this way,” he said.

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