German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg resigned from Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet on Tuesday. The move comes after weeks of mounting pressure surrounding accusations that he plagiarized significant portions of his doctoral dissertation.
He had an extremely high approval rating and was already considered a strong candidate for chancellor, but the <nice gentleman> stumbled on his >high selfconfidence<. Not only did he blatently plagiarize, but he privately used the parliamentary research service (payed for by tax money and only meant for work related research) to do so.
I always have mixed feeling when a politician I dislike resigns for lame reasons. But this is still a good day on so many levels, some of which have to do with the German media landscape and the inluence certain newspapers have on public opinion.
PS: The Spiegel called him the "copy & paste minister" and today Spiegel Online's headline reads: Copy, Paste, Delete
The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge. Neither love without knowledge, nor knowledge without love can produce a good life. - Bertrand Russell A herring's blog Johari / Nohari
Guttenberg, after taking office as Minister of Defence, became the first high-ranking official in Germany to publicly describe the war in Afghanistan, where Germany is the third largest contributor of troops, as a "war", whereas the government had previously insisted it was not a war.
I took a walk during lunch and came upon a group of eight toddlers being read to in a park. They were sitting in these strange prams that could seat four kids each. The class had the attention of every adult in the vicinity. It was just a very, very cute little sighting. And seeing kids outside again makes me feel like spring is on the way, yay!