The Austrian Labor Minister Christine Aschbacher is stepping down from her position. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s party colleague is accused of having written off her doctoral thesis.
The Austrian Minister of Family and Labor Christine Aschbacher (ÖVP) resigns on allegations of plagiarism. She justified her step on Saturday with a prejudice by “the media and political supporters”. Previously, accusations had been raised that Aschbacher had copied parts of her scientific work without properly identifying the sources.
Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) thanked Aschbacher on Twitter for her commitment. He also announced that he would present a successor on Monday.
The 37-year-old strictly rejected the allegations of the expert Stefan Weber, known as the “plagiarism hunter”. According to Aschbacher, she always wrote her work – it was about a diploma thesis and a dissertation – to the best of her knowledge and belief and trusted the assessment by recognized professors. She is resigning to protect her family from hostility and abuse.
The politician submitted her dissertation to the Technical University of Bratislava in Slovakia last May. She wrote her diploma thesis in 2006 at a university of applied sciences in Vienna. Weber accused the minister in his blog in a sharp tone of “gibberish” and lack of knowledge of German. It is not yet clear who will succeed the politician.