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German education minister resigns / Journal

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She was considered one of Chancellor Angela Merkel's closest allies. Annette Schavan resignation was a fresh blow for Merkel's government. It's with a very heavy heart that I have accepted this resignation In Annette Schavan the government is losing one of the most recognised and distinctive policy-maker in the field of education and research in actual fact the most recognized and distinctive policy-maker in education and research. Schavan has been the focus of months of controversy over allegations she plagiarized parts for doctoral thesis. She says she's resigning to protect the integry of her office. "X between a minister and the university would be a taxing issue for both my office, the Ministry, the government, and the Christian Democrats. I can't afford to damage the reputation of these institutions." Annette Schavan reputation has a calm loyal and influential politician propelled her to the top ranks of the Christian Democratic Party the CTU. Schavan began her political career in Baden-Württemberg in the mid 90s and became Education Minister there. She allied herself with Angela Merkel, then opposition leader in the bundestag. Merkel nominated Schavan as Education Minister after she was elected Chancellor in 2005. Schavan gain praise from both Christian Democrats and opposition leaders for expanding funding fot both education and research, now her career has ended with a crash. Merkel has already selected a successor, Johanna Wanka is a regional science minister from Lower Saxony. Despite their friendship, Merkel couldn't risk the fallout from the Schavan affair with elections scheduled in September.

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Duration: 1 minute and 57 seconds
Country: Germany
Language: English
Producer: DW (english)
Views: 43
Posted by: peregi91 on Oct 24, 2014

"Chancellor Angela Merkel's embattled education minister Annette Schavan has resigned. Schavan stepped down after the University of Düsseldorf found she had plagiarised parts of her doctoral dissertation. The pressure on Schavan built up in recent days after she was stripped her of her doctorate. The resignation is a blow to Merkel as she prepares for the general election later this year" Description from DW (english) (available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8Z6Bjc5o1M)

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