Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg has published a new doctoral thesis in Great Britain

Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg has published a new doctoral thesis in Great Britain

Because he copied from an earlier doctoral thesis, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg lost his ministerial office in 2011. Now the ex-politician has apparently stepped up – with a new job at a British university.

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The former defense minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg has apparently again obtained his doctorate. As initially the “image“Newspaper reported, Guttenberg submitted a corresponding work last year at the British Southampton Business School, a faculty of the University of Southampton.

In fact, the website the university a 488-page long publication dealing with the correspondent banking business, and Guttenberg submitted to obtain the academic degree “Doctor of Philosophy”.

The paper was published in November 2018, the final version in July 2019. Guttenberg, who is listed as an author under the name of Karl Buhl-Freiherr von und zu Guttenberg, was reportedly supported by the German economist Richard Werner.

Thanks to friends “on both sides of the Atlantic”

Werner certifies the minister, according to “Bild”, for the doctorate, “remarkable, excellently researched research results on an important topic”. In the preface to the doctoral thesis, Guttenberg thanks his “friends on both sides of the Atlantic”. They would have given him the “necessary critical and motivating help”. He also appreciated his wife’s support and dedicated the work to her and their children.

Guttenberg had largely used foreign texts in his first doctoral thesis without specifying this and therefore had to give up his doctorate. The CSU politician admitted serious mistakes, but denied having acted deliberately. At first he kept his offices, after severe criticism Guttenberg resigned from his office as defense minister on March 1, 2011.

The University of Bayreuth later published a 40-page report, in which Guttenberg was accused of “willful scientific misconduct”. It was said at the time that he “evidently and grossly violated the standards of good scientific practice and deliberately deceived them. Investigations against Guttenberg were closed after a payment of 20,000 euros.


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