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Koch-Mehrin keeps European Parliament seat despite plagiarism

The Local · 18 Jun 2011, 15:45

Published: 18 Jun 2011 15:45 GMT+02:00

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Quoting unnamed sources within the Free Democratic Party leadership, an advance copy of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung reported that the FDP had decided to take no action against Koch-Mehrin, once considered a bright new hope for the party.

But there is resistance to the decision from within the FDP's parliamentary faction. Parliamentary spokesman Martin Neumann said Koch-Mehrin should "think about the responsibility she has to her mandate."

Neumann told the newspaper that she had made a mistake, and that there was no shame in admitting it. He added that the plagiarism scandal had damaged both the FDP and German academia.

In May, the scandal forced Koch-Mehrin to give up her positions as chair of the FDP in the European Parliament, as well as her membership of the FDP executive committee and her job as Vice President of the European Parliament.

The FDP-affiliated Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation, which sponsored Koch-Mehrin through her doctorate, denied any responsibility. Foundation director Christian Taaks said, "The foundation has neither the personnel or specialist resources to assess the academic quality of the theses it sponsors."

Three other FDP politicians, also supported by the Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation, currently face accusations of plagiarism.

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17:17 June 18, 2011 by harcourt
Compared with some of the other MEPs she's an angel !!
17:45 June 18, 2011 by Kayak
How do you think I'm going to get along

Without you when you're gone

You took me for everything that I had

And kicked me out on my own

Are you happy, are you satisfied

How long can you stand the heat

Out of the doorway the bullets rip

To the sound of the beat

. . . . Another one bites the dust

(original lyrics by Silvana Koch-Mehrin)
18:40 June 18, 2011 by Englishted
Cheating fraudster.

She sould be sacked and then taken to court.

If we did this on our C.V.'s for so important a job we would.
20:02 June 18, 2011 by auniquecorn
Englishted, this is germany, it´s the norm.
01:47 June 19, 2011 by jmclewis
So she has not resigned from the European Parliament, clearly there are no standards in that body she is noting but a glorified welfare queen 7 years as a MEP! She has never had a real job from academia to politics and she will she will return back to to academia when she is done in politics and continue contributing noting to society and rape the tax payers for her entire life . She has no shame no guilt just a big sense of entitlement.
08:02 June 19, 2011 by Nemo2010
Ah, but at least she's cute! Doesn't that count for something?
10:57 June 19, 2011 by harcourt
Nemo2010 : - So if she wasn't "cute", as you put it, she should have the book thrown at her !! Presumably this is your chauvenistic attitude to women
19:34 June 20, 2011 by neunElf
The problem is not her, it is the academicians who award degrees, apparently without due diligence!
10:33 June 23, 2011 by Krim
Because of her excellent research in the PhD and because of her great honesty she got promoted with a position dealing with research see below.


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