Posts tagged ‘Politics of Germany’

May 30, 2011

Germany makes no move to halt its imports of nuclear energy from France, but will stop its own nuclear energy production in 2022

[Tim Salinger, Germany Nuclear Power Contributor]

EUOBSERVER: In a politically savvy move made breathtaking by its boldness, in the wake of popular widespread opposition to nuclear energy in the country following the Fukushima disaster, the German government has announced that it will stop all its nuclear energy production by 2022.

However, its bordering neighbour, France, which meets 78% of its own energy needs via nuclear energy production and  is the world’s leader in nuclear energy production is set to export significant amounts of energy to its neighbour, Germany, as a result of the German moratorium on nuclear power.

Germany as the world’s fifth largest energy consumer imported two-thirds of its primary energy needs in 2002 of which around 12% was from France.  As Germany’s nuclear power program has slowed down, its imports of energy have steadily risen and it is expected that in by the time of Germany’s total discontinuation of nuclear energy production, it will be importing more than 25% of its energy needs from a nuclear productive France.

As France with it 59 nuclear power plants borders Germany, any nuclear disaster in France would impact the German people in the same way as any nuclear plant disaster on German soil. Therefore, wouldn’t it be a good idea to get France to stop its nuclear energy production as well?  Hmmmnnnn….

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April 25, 2011

Bad news for doctoral cheats as hunt for plagiarised theses goes viral in Germany

[Dietke Kohl, Germany News Contributor]

Spiegel Online:  It was only two weeks ago that a law professor from the University of Bremen outed Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, who was Germany‘s defense minister at the time, as a plagiariser of parts of his doctoral thesis. As a result, the minister departed his job from the German government last month and lost his PhD title.

Since then,  the hunt for plagiarised works has gone viral in Germany with more than 20 plagiarism hunters working round the clock to out high profile cheats mainly in the field of politics. The group, which calls itself VroniPlag, says that it is not politically motivated:  “The goal is to guarantee the integrity of doctor titles in Germany….the work performed here is neither politically motivated nor is it aimed at personal defamation or anything like it.”” (accrording to the VroniPlag website).

VroniPlag, is made up of Ph.D. holders and a number of professors and regularly updates the media with its outings.

Commentators as saying however, that VroniPlag is targeting German politicians more or less exclusively and  that having regard to the track record of politicians who never plagiarised anything, eg., Hitler, it is puzzling that a German minister should be forced to resign for cheating on his doctoral thesis?

In particular, they say, as a pre-eminent skill for any politician is the ability to cheat and lie seamlessly, it would seem that VroniPlag is in for a busy and fruitful time in its endeavours. But whether those politicians found out should be made to resign their posts as politicians is another matter as cheating on a doctoral dissertation is certainly nothing to suggest that the cheater is not a first-class politician.