The World from Berlin 'Merkel Is Protecting a Forger'

Despite having apparently plagiarized much of his dissertation, German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg appears unlikely to fall. He has the backing of Chancellor Angela Merkel. And for her, say German commentators, popularity takes precedence over honesty and credibility.
Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg: His popularity may have rescued him.

Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg: His popularity may have rescued him.

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David Crossland