BERLIN (Reuters) – German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg quit on Tuesday after admitting to copying part of a doctoral dissertation, seeking to end a scandal that has shaken Angela Merkel’s conservative government.
Guttenberg was the most popular member of Chancellor Merkel’s cabinet, and his loss is a severe blow to her party as she prepares to fight three regional state elections this month.
BERLIN, March 1 (Reuters) – German Defence Minister
Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg will resign on Tuesday, a government
source told Reuters.
Earlier, Bild newspaper reported that Guttenberg would step
down. A spokesman for the minister did not comment on the
report. He said Guttenberg would give a statement at 11:15 a.m.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s need for conservative support ahead of three state elections and euro zone crisis summits are forcing her to stand by her government’s fallen idol in a plagiarism row despite risks to her own image.
Fearful of a backlash from centre-right German voters in March if she were to dismiss Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg over transgressions in his doctoral dissertation, Merkel has opted to back the aristocrat from Bavaria — for now.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s defence minister was stripped of his doctorate on Wednesday by the German university that awarded the title, after he admitted to flaws in a thesis that is the focus of a plagiarism row.
Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg apologised “from the bottom of my heart” to parliament earlier on Wednesday for errors he blamed on a busy workload.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Defence Minister admitted in parliament on Wednesday flaws in his doctoral dissertation that is at the centre of a plagiarism affair weighing on her government.
Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg also apologised to parliament but said he would not resign over. He also rejected accusations of plagiarism, insisting he had not deliberately deceived anyone.
BERLIN, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Germany’s government will take
note of domestic pressure to rule out bond buybacks by the euro
zone’s permanent rescue fund, signalling it could take a hard
line in crunch talks on the crisis next month.
MPs from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats
(CDU) and her coalition partners approved a motion on Tuesday,
seeking to ban buybacks by the European Stabilisation Mechanism
(ESM) when it replaces the temporary EFSF fund in 2013.
BERLIN, Feb 23 (Reuters) – German ruling coalition MPs are
pressing Chancellor Angela Merkel to rule out purchases of debt
by the euro zone’s permanent bailout fund, showing how little
political room for manoevre she may have in crunch talks on the
crisis next month.
Merkel has been dragging her heels on agreeing to boost the
scope and size of the bailout fund, and fears of further
election defeats has to pressure for her not to underwrite the
debts of the euro zone’s struggling periphery.
BERLIN, Feb 21 (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s
conservatives tried on Monday to move on quickly from a
landslide defeat in a state election in Hamburg but the size of
the loss could reverberate in six more elections this year.
Merkel’s Christian Democrats were swept from power in
Germany’s second city in the regional election on Sunday with
their worst result since World War Two, plunging 20.7 percentage
points from the last election there to 21.9 pecent of the vote.
HAMBURG, Feb 17 (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s
Christian Democrats face losing a state election in Hamburg on
Sunday to the opposition Social Democrats which could make it
harder for her coalition to pass legislation.
Following are some questions and answers about the election:
WHY IS THE HAMBURG ELECTION IMPORTANT?
The CDU has ruled the prosperous port city for the last 10
years and losing control of Hamburg, one of Germany’s 16 federal
states, would make it more difficult for Merkel’s coalition to
pass laws in the Bundesrat, the upper house of parliament.
BERLIN (Reuters Life!) – The life of Germany’s most celebrated playboy has made a big screen splash at the Berlin film festival, offering a riveting portrayal of the Jewish night club mogul who helped post-war Berlin learn to laugh again.
“The Big Eden,” an entertaining documentary about Shimon “Rolf” Eden, is more than just a story about an 80-year-old who has seduced a long line of young women over the last 60 years with his unique charm.