Franziska Giffey

Berlin - SPD politician and former family minister Franziska Giffey hasn't referred to herself as "Dr" since last autumn. But now it's official. The presidential board of Berlin's Free University (FU) announced on Thursday afternoon it had revoked her degree for good due to plagiarism.

The FU said the decision had already been communicated to the SPD politician and had been made on the basis of a report written by the second review panel in the case. In a first review of Giffey's doctoral thesis, a commission concluded that the plagiarism was "minor". The FU issued a reprimand in October 2019. The university has now officially withdrawn its reprimand.


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