The World from Berlin 'Merkel Has Disgraced Herself'

It didn't take long for Chancellor Angela Merkel to replace Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, who resigned as defense minister on Tuesday. But, say German commentators, it will take much longer to repair the damage done -- both by Guttenberg's plagiarism scandal and her own poor handling of the affair.
German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg resigned over a plagiarism scandal on Tuesday.

German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg resigned over a plagiarism scandal on Tuesday.

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-- Charles Hawley