Rapid rise, steepest fall! Karl Theodor Maria Nikolaus Johann Jacob Philipp Franz Joseph Sylvester Freiherr von und zu Guttenberg was German minister of defence until March 2011, when his PhD thesis was proven to be riddled with plagiarism.
Emotions ran high this year in Germany.
Guttenberg claimed to take responsibility for his errors, but especially the German conservatives felt that no harm was done. Who cares about a PhD thesis anyway? The complete ethical failure of a minister seemed of little concern.
Now Guttenberg plans his comeback! His new book is called ‘Vorerst gescheitert’ (‘For now failed’) which sounds like a threat. Why only ‘for now’? Why not ‘eternally’? What is the fraudster planning next?
Even if you don’t speak German, watch this to the end. It’s from the German version of the Daily Show and perfectly relects my own reaction.