The controversial political scientist Ulrike Guérot claims to have been dismissed from the University of Bonn because of allegations of plagiarism. "The @unibonn has charged me with plagiarism in a non-scientific. Book from 2016 to 31.3. terminated,” the bestselling author tweeted on Friday. “I will take legal action against this and am therefore not available for inquiries. I would be the first person to be fired in D because of "plagiarism": it will be exciting ;-)".
The University of Bonn confirmed "labor law steps" against Guérot. Last year, public allegations were made against the political scientist that she had appropriated someone else's intellectual property during her tenure at the University of Bonn without identifying it as such. The competent bodies have examined the facts and see them as proven. "The one from Prof. Dr. The responsible committees did not follow Guérot's objection that the relevant publications were not scientific publications.
According to information from the “Neue Zürcher Zeitung”, the allegations relate to your 2016 book “Why Europe Should Become a Republic”. You are accused of not consistently correctly reporting the inclusion of quotes from other authors. Guérot apologized and spoke of careless mistakes under time pressure.
During the corona pandemic, the political scientist emerged as a sharp critic of government measures to prevent the spread of the virus, as she saw this as a threat to democracy. Her book Who is silent agrees became a bestseller. After the start of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, she repeatedly called for immediate peace negotiations. Critics accused her of partially reversing the relationship between attacker and attacked and untruthfully portraying Ukraine as the culprit.
Most recently, Guérot was one of the first to sign the “Manifesto for Peace” written by Alice Schwarzer and Sahra Wagenknecht, which also calls for an end to arms deliveries and negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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