Political Superstar under Pressure Guttenberg Drops 'Doctor' to Save 'Minister'

German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg is under pressure to resign amid allegations he plagiarized parts of his Ph.D. thesis. Angela Merkel and other leading conservatives are worried the popular politician could fall, just when they need him to drum up votes ahead of crunch state elections. Now Guttenberg has announced he is giving up his doctor title.
German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg at a CDU campaign event on Monday evening: Members of the CDU and CSU are worried the popular politician may be forced to resign.

German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg at a CDU campaign event on Monday evening: Members of the CDU and CSU are worried the popular politician may be forced to resign.

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Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan