Most of my German readers are well aware of the plagiarism scandal around one of their representatives in the European Parliament: Silvana Koch-Mehrin. However, it is a European scandal now. It has reached the European Parliament and this is why I write this post in English. I hope to draw the attention of other members of the academic community (especially in Europe) to this problem and the petition we have launched today. It concerns us all as ultimately it is about the reputation of academic research.
Koch-Mehrin was found guilty of plagiarism by a committee of the University of Heidelberg in charge of investigating the accusations.