German minister to stop using title after doctorate plagiarism probe

German Family Minister Franziska Giffey plans to stop using the title of doctor, an official from her Social Democratic Party (SPD) said on Friday, after allegations of plagiarism.”I have the greatest respect for Franziska Giffey because she wants to avoid damage to her party and her family,” said Iris Spranger, a senior SPD politician in Berlin.Last week, Berlin’s Free University, where Giffey completed her doctorate, said it would lift a reprimand associated with the politician’s doctoral thesis.Giffey completed her doctorate in 2010 but in 2019 allegations were made that she had plagiarized…

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