Merkel Loses Minister Schavan Steps Down amid Plagiarism Scandal

One of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's closest confidants stepped down on Saturday following a plagiarism scandal. Stripped of her doctorate on Tuesday, Annette Schavan became a heavy burden to her party as Germany heads into an election year.
German Education and Research Minister Annette Schavan announced her resignation on Saturday in a joint press conference with Chancellor Angela Merkel.

German Education and Research Minister Annette Schavan announced her resignation on Saturday in a joint press conference with Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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