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Koch-Mehrin accused of skipping work
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Koch-Mehrin accused of skipping work

Published: 30 Sep 2011 10:55 GMT+02:00
Updated: 30 Sep 2011 10:55 GMT+02:00

German European parliament member Silvana Koch-Mehrin, who was stripped of her PhD title earlier this year for plagiarism, has not been to a parliamentary committee meeting since the end of 2009, a TV show claims.

According to state broadcaster ARD’s political TV show Panorama, the European parliament’s petitions committee is the only one that Koch-Mehrin is still full member of. The Free Democratic Party politician gave up all her other political posts – apart from her parliamentary seat – in June in the wake of the plagiarism scandal.

One of the positions she gave up was her place on an industry, research and energy committee, but ARD claims she hardly ever went to any of its meetings anyway. Koch-Mehrin refused to be interviewed for the TV show and did not want to answer any questions in written form either.

Her fellow FDP MEP Jürgen Creutzmann defended her, telling Panorama that Koch-Mehrin had had many internal party roles to fulfil until the scandal broke.

Asked whether Koch-Mehrin may yet give up her seat, Creutzmann replied, “It’s Mrs. Koch-Mehrin’s decision to keep her mandate, and I am convinced she will work so hard from now on that this demand won’t be necessary anymore.”

ARD also said that Koch-Mehrin has barely attended any public political events in the past four months outside the European parliament. The show also reported that her homepage, which keeps a blog of her current work, had until last week not been updated since June. After the show made some enquiries, Panorama claimed the website was rapidly updated overnight.

Gregor Hackmack of the democracy organization "Abgeordnetenwatch“ called on Koch-Mehrin to think about “handing over her mandate to someone who wants to do the job.”

Koch-Mehrin, once considered a rising star in the FDP, was stripped of her doctor title in June, after an academic committee found that "substantial parts" of her 2000 thesis on currency unions had been copied from elsewhere.

The committee found sections taken from 30 other publications, two-thirds of which were not referred to in the bibliography. The committee's official report classified over 120 individual excerpts of the thesis as plagiarism.

The issue of her parliamentary attendance has come up even before her plagiarism scandal. In 2009, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper reported she was attending less than 40 percent of parliamentary debates, a charge which she denied.

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13:50 September 30, 2011 by Lisa Rusbridge
Cheaters also tend to be liars. It goes hand in hand. If she has no academic integrity why would she possess and other kind of integrity in her life?
14:02 September 30, 2011 by venkyfra
its not german parliment... EU politicans suck anyway... they just jump between capitals and drink expensive wine with tax payer EURs...

so who cares.. she is cute though...
14:53 September 30, 2011 by jmclewis
She needs a Jail Cell! The rules do not apply to her in her mind!
17:46 September 30, 2011 by Englishted
Cheats never prosper ,

they just get honorary post on U.S. think tanks.

@venkyfra

I care it is my taxes.

But between which capitals do they jump?
20:10 September 30, 2011 by wxman
It says she was stripped of her PhD title. I think she should have just stripped, and this wouldn't be such a problem.
23:50 September 30, 2011 by nemo999
Maybe she has been doing research for her new dissertation. Let see playing air guitar is taken, maybe her new dissertation is how long can she be absent from these meetings before anyone notices that she is not attending.
01:48 October 1, 2011 by mikel taylor
This chick is waiting for an invite to the think tank where Guttenburg is hanging out,,

why are you all so upset with this plagiarism issue, you know you need a PHD for the job, so the smart ones borrow one that passed the test turn it in and go on,, the real question is could and did she do a good job,, if she was smart enough to not have wasted her time on some stupid dissertation that no one reads anyway,,

Move on folks,, sound like your all upset you didn't think of it. or maybe you did and are just hoping you won't get caught,, this plagiarising thing isn't a new idea, just tougher to get away with now that the Internet is watching your every move,, that's right were watching you,,, right now,,, don't turn around... i told you don't turn around
02:59 October 1, 2011 by MissCalifornia
Agreeing with at least a couple of others here...this just makes her even more qualified to almost any prestigious post in the USA. Sad, but true. My own degree, not a PhD, is worth NICHTS thanks to people like this....some of us paid our own way, worked and studied....and then some did neither. Our degrees our the same, but the one I earned will get me a job pulling espressos and hers, combined with "networking", will result in numerous high level appointments....
08:11 October 1, 2011 by Englishted
Anyone can look that good if you spend all day skipping and not working.
08:33 October 1, 2011 by Shirazz
From the picture of her trying to look like who's who in the parliament hall, and the story that went with it, it seems it's all about looks and status that she was after, and once got it, she realized she had to ...uh....work?? What work??
11:51 October 1, 2011 by Jerr-Berlin
Does anyone know if it's true, that Guttenburg is working for a "think tank" in the US?
12:37 October 1, 2011 by Kennneth Ingle
She is just one of many. You have some who work and others who consider that by reaching a certain level in society, work is something for the less intelligent.

Nevertheless, to do nothing at all may cause less harm than what is now being done in the German Bundestag. In the end, none of them are held responsible or have to pay for the damage they have caused.
07:44 October 3, 2011 by wenddiver
I think she is really smart if she can get all the way to the EU Parliment without having to spend a lot of money writing a PHD diserrtation. Universities are such a fraud anyway,if it asn't for the drinkingand sex it would have been a total waste of time, anybody believe George W. Bush got into Harvard Business School on merit?

She doesn't go to work and still gets paid (Super smart MAYBE SHE CAN TEACH THE REST OF US). I think I'm in love, she's smart and good looking.
09:01 October 3, 2011 by snowey
Yes Guttenberg is working for an obscure "think tank" in New York.
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