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Koch-Mehrin to contest loss of her doctorate

The Local · 17 Jul 2011, 11:58

Published: 17 Jul 2011 11:58 GMT+02:00

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News magazine Der Spiegel reported on Sunday that Koch-Mehrin is preparing to appeal against the university. The case could go to court if the university stands by its decision.

An academic committee stripped Koch-Mehrin of her doctor title in June, after it 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.

"In the face of the quantity and the systematic character of the plagiarism, there can be no doubt that Ms. Koch-Mehrin took the intellectual property of others and presented it as her own," said Heidelberg University dean Manfred Berg.

Koch-Mehrin resigned from all her political positions, including a post on an EU academic research committee, but has so far refused to relinquish her mandate in the European parliament, despite internal pressure from her party and public pressure from leading academics.

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12:35 July 17, 2011 by Englishted
Fraud is a criminal offense.

Let her appeal her court sentence ,oh ! ,she can take the university to court but nobody takes her.

Liar and cheat good representative of her party.

Resign .
17:02 July 17, 2011 by belladons
Sorry Silvia, but unless you can prove the university wrong, you're guilty as charged. Got to side with the University of Heidelberg on this one. This university has been alive a lot longer than you have. They are not going to publish their statement to the media as a lie.
19:37 July 17, 2011 by vonSchwerin
In some countries, if the plaintiff loses a civil court case (lawsuit) he has to pay court costs and the victorious defendant's attorney's fees. I'd like to see something equivalent here.

"Dr." Koch-Mehrin should say, "I did not plagiarize, and I can prove it. I deserve my Doktortitel. But if an independent commission can show that I plagiarized, then I will admit my wrongdoing and accept the legal punishment for fraud."

Right now, she can claim innocence and appeal over and over. There is little risk for her. If she lied to gain her Doktortitel, then she should suffer repercussions.
06:11 July 18, 2011 by neunElf
Good for her!

Nothing wrong with fighting your corner.
08:14 July 18, 2011 by gecko4634

Forete goiyreh goiter,

foiref, fortes FORTR!!!
13:04 July 18, 2011 by scout1067
Is it just me or does seem that only parties on the conservative side of the political divide are being targeted in this media driven scandal? I have not heard yet of any politician from the SPD, Greens, or Die Linke being investigated for plagiarism. I find that somewhat curious.
17:58 July 18, 2011 by Englishted

You are welcomed to look for cheats and liars ,on any side of the divide .

However to call it media driven is strange ,they would love to catch any of them committing fraud but so far only the F.D.P. has produced the three ,only one left ,this one kept her seat even though she lied to get it.

If she can't prove she is innocent good for her but she should be charged with fraud and let it go to court.

If it were our c.v. that were untrue what would happen to us ?.
10:18 July 19, 2011 by scout1067
I think the feigned outrage is hilarious. I also think that yes, in large part this is a media driven scandal. I simply made the observation that I have not seen any liberals of left0leaning politicians accused. You would have me believe that everyone on the left is pure as the driven snow? I think not. I have yet to meet a politician eithetr left or right that is completely honest.

I also don't understand the calls for criminal prosecution for fraud. is it not enough that they are stripped of their Doktortitel and have thus wasted several years of their lives because they were too lazy to do their own work?

Lastly, where is the culpability of the universities? If the plagiarism in these theses was so blatant why was it not caught when they were initially submitted. Seems to me that the universities are making themselves look bad as well.
14:09 July 19, 2011 by LecteurX
Well, @scout1067, you have not seen left-leaning politicians because you have not looked hard enough... As the VroniPlag Wiki website is there for you and anyone else to see, you would have noticed that there is indeed an SPD politician who is also accused of plagiarism: Uwe Brinkmann. It's also all over the media, you know...

And that doesn't mean that all those who actually wrote their own theses are "pure as driven snow".

And finally, your opinion is of course welcome, but I'd rather trust the German justice to decide whether somebody who stole other people's intellectual property (that's an offence in Germany) and went on to use an undeserved Doktortitel on posters and political campaigns should be condemned or not. Of course those universities look bad too.
16:12 July 19, 2011 by jmclewis
Silvana Koch-Mehrin has allot of nerve she must think she is entitled to her fraud Doctorate! She must think everyone is asleep she has no honor or shame.
18:17 July 19, 2011 by neunElf
@scout1067, I thought the same thing!

Then I remember the most revered politician of the Greens Joschka Fischer, who has NO degree of any kind.

I guess on the right you must at least give a nod to higher qualifications?

I wonder why the slavish German media has never questioned the qualifications of Mr. DeBoer, the head of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change? They seem to accept as fact everything he says, yet never question why someone with a "technical degree", (according to his own bio) in Social Work, should be given any credence in climate matters.
19:10 July 19, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
@scout1067 - I understand your point of view. If someone cheats to get a doctorate, they lose their degree. Why is everyone calling for her to be hanged? Show me a politician who doesn't lie! It does appear that not only are more right-leaning politicians are being busted, but are also receiving more publicity as well! If you want to say "the people who bust them don't discriminate when it comes to who they investigate", then you are naive. Of course the Right is being attacked more ferociously by the media, because they view the Right's beliefs as anti-freedom somehow. And in a socialist state (which Germany certainly is), the right is outnumbered. I wish some conservatives would start investigating the left for the same "crimes", because it is their porogative to do that. You can't expect the type of people who investigate these politicians to be fair - so beat them at their own game instead of whining.
19:19 July 19, 2011 by Englishted

On my part it is not feigned ,I don`'t like cheats .

You cannot be "stripped of their Doktortitel " if they didn't earn one.

The fraud is one thing but then to act as though it is alright is wrong.

Fraud is a crime ,is that correct? then she is a criminal or would be if found guilty so what is wrong with a court case ?.

The point about lefties is a red herring.

Right or left a fraudster is criminal and should be treated as such.
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