Austrian labour minister steps down after plagiarism affair

The now-former labour minister faced accusations of plagiarism regarding her diploma thesis and dissertation. [EPA-EFE/CHRISTIAN BRUNA]

Following accusations of plagiarism, Austrian Labour and Families Minister Christine Aschbacher (ÖVP) announced her decision to leave the government, saying “media and political companions” had judged her prematurely.

The now-former labour minister faced accusations of plagiarism regarding her diploma thesis and dissertation. Several sources had not been cited correctly, according to Austrian blogger Stefan Weber, who is known as the “plagiarism-hunter” specialising in scrutinising scientific works.

The labour portfolio will go to economist and head of the Higher Studies Institute, Martin Kocher, while the family affairs portfolio will go to Women and Integration Minister Susanne Raab (ÖVP). (Philipp Grüll | EURACTIV.de)

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