AFP HELMUT FOHRINGER / APA
Austrian Minister of Labor, Family and Youth, Christine Spacher, announced her resignation from her post on Saturday, following allegations that she stole numerous research and academic work.
Aschbacher, who belongs to the Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, said that her decision was due to her desire to “protect her family,” denouncing the “aggressiveness and political attacks” directed against her with “an unbearable force.”
The 37-year-old minister was accused of “plagiarism, incorrect quotes and lack of familiarity with the German language” during the completion of her master’s degree in 2006, which she received with a grade of “very good”.
A blogger specialized in tracking plagiarism indicated that the memo “consists of 134 pages of nonsense, and at least a fifth of it is taken from other sources without attributing the citations to its authors.”