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Koch-Mehrin gets European research post after losing doctorate

The Local · 23 Jun 2011, 10:50

Published: 23 Jun 2011 10:50 GMT+02:00

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Koch-Mehrin stepped down from her posts as vice president of the European Parliament, and as head of the FDP group there, but attracted heavy criticism for not resigning her mandate after her alma mater Heidelberg University withdrew her doctorate.

Now she has been promoted to full member of the European Parliamentary committee for Industry, Research and Energy according to news magazine Der Spiegel.

Even members of her own party had called –quietly – for her to resign, saying she had been elected under false pretences as she had used her doctor title in adverts and campaign literature.

The party’s leadership, now under Philipp Rösler, has refused to make her leave, and is now not commenting on the matter – as Koch-Mehrin herself is also doing, reported.

Her promotion from deputy member of the committee to full member came at a cost to Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, who was demoted to deputy member. Chatzimarkakis Chatzimarkakis is another FDP MEP, whose doctoral thesis is currently under scrutiny for potential plagiarism by his former university in Bonn.

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13:15 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.


Funny world
13:22 June 23, 2011 by Englishted
Sad ,corrupt ,dishonest, world, are words I would us Krim .

But I get your point.
14:25 June 23, 2011 by lunchbreak
Of course, its a perfect fit. Now perhaps someone will give Frau Koch-Mehrin an award for brazenness. W'hat next, a stipend for truth in advertising?
16:56 June 23, 2011 by german-guardian
@ Englishted

You seem to always find an article, that matches your hate, and then you use you spread your accusations against Germany and everyone. Well, if you hate Germany, why are you here posting comment. Is it because you always, in every comment want to bash Germany? truly sad
18:00 June 23, 2011 by neunElf
What do you expect from the political class?

They exist only to enrich themselves at the expense of society's producers!
18:13 June 23, 2011 by Englishted

What are you talking about?

This woman cheated fact has had her doctorate taken back fact.

Yes I do think it is wrong to stay in a job that you got by lying.

Fraud is a criminal offence and she defrauded the electorate by claiming to be something she was not.

I have made no accusations against "Germany or everyone" it i9s not an accusation against Silvana Koch-Mehrin it is a fact.

The only bashing of a German I may agree with is the failure of this woman to do the right thing and resign.

The rest of you comment is putrid drivel but this comes as no surprise.
07:48 June 24, 2011 by ioann
It's outrageous and shameful for academics in Germany. And it's not only that it is fraud, but she's now head of research? How on earth is she supposed to know anything about research, that shameless liar???
07:52 June 24, 2011 by german-guardian
@ ioann

Even if she does not have a real PHD, she could be smarter than all those people who have PHD's but can not get half the job done as she did.
08:00 June 24, 2011 by ioann
german-guardian, it's not about having a PhD or about being smart, it's about being corrupt and a fraud. Also, in her new position she's in charge of giving research money around. I just don't trust a corrupt person to do that. All her rich buddies will probably take the research money and plagiarise some more now ;)
08:14 June 24, 2011 by harcourt
I'm always surprised how many contributors rise to the bait of a few loonies ( I think we know who they are) Most of the regular loonies don't necessarily read the articles, they just like to have an argument with their old adversaries !!
08:21 June 24, 2011 by jmclewis
She got the research post not on intellect or hard work, if she had these traits she would not have had a phoney doctorate.......... She is doing something for someone....... she is not too bad on the eyes.
14:27 June 24, 2011 by lunchbreak
She's doing something for someone. Of course. Just as one hand washes the other...

I have to say this particular photo is not so attractive. If I were Germany's top model I wouldn't be too frightened by Ms. Koch-Mehrin
01:17 June 25, 2011 by FN Cee
WOW !!! This sounds like the USA where politicians and other people in government are routinely appointed, elected and re-elected after convictions for and admissions to all kinds of slime and scum. Perhaps a little "quid pro quo" ... pretty stinky and maybe even rotten practice.
08:20 June 25, 2011 by parografik
Yes, this is exactly like in the U.S. That must be why it's news.

I assumed it was because she flagrantly lied in order to get a job, and even after her fraud was uncovered, she had the balls to take a post where the very credentials she lied about were her entree into the post. Or she posted a picture of her penis on twitter.
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