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Guttenberg apologises to Bundestag researchers

The Local · 12 Mar 2011, 13:19

Published: 12 Mar 2011 13:19 GMT+01:00

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German magazine Focus obtained a copy of Guttenberg's letter, wherein he reportedly admits to having included "verbatim" portions of the text in his thesis written by Bundestag research staff, "without citing (that) authorship in an academically honest way."

Guttenberg said he "sincerely apologises" for the mistake, but did not provide an explanation.

Focus said the letters were personally addressed and handwritten.

Guttenberg was officially stripped of his doctor title by his alma mater, the University of Bayreuth, in February.

The former defense minister had admitted to making grave mistakes in his dissertation, saying he was under enormous pressure as a father and member of parliament during the years he was working on it. Yet he maintained that he did not deliberately copy anything.

Last month, German magazine Der Spiegel reported that Guttenberg included a 10-page political analysis in his dissertation, which he allegedly commissioned a parliamentary researcher to write.

According to the article, Guttenberg instructed an employee of the Bundestag's research arm to write the essay in 2004, when he was still a member of parliament. MPs are only allowed to use the work of parliamentary researchers for work related to their mandate.

Ulrich Tammler, who allegedly wrote the paper for Guttenberg, was not named anywhere in the dissertation, nor listed as a source.

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Guttenberg did include a general mention the work of the research service in a footnote, which says, “Also compares a paper from May 13, 2004 developed by the research service of the German parliament on commission of the author.”

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15:12 March 12, 2011 by iseedaftpeople
too little, too late...

hope we'll never see this bastard again. But alas, slick political criminals like him have a habit of resurfacing and turning up like a bad penny again... maybe not as minister, maybe not as Chancellor... but something tells me he won't be content just living off his 600-million-euro estate and being a pensioner at 40.
10:27 March 13, 2011 by Talonx
I think he's not apologizing for plagierism, because he didn't actually do it . . . his ghostwriter did :)

@ iseedaftpeople

17:35 March 13, 2011 by DrStrangelove
Well, this is an improvement in style over his ridiculous, self-pitying denial before - he is showing some sense of responsibility.

If he apologizes to Tammler, he probably did to the other authors involved, too. It may be sincere, but his outlandish performance between his exposure and his abdication suggests otherwise. More likely, it is just damage control. He likely wants to dissuade Tammler and the others from suing him, increasing his chances to avoid being tainted with a criminal record.
17:55 March 13, 2011 by Talonx
@ DrStrangelove

Even know he has not accepted responsibility. He's only said that he is sorry for the accidents that took place.
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