Federal Minister of the Family Franziska Giffey resigns | Free press


Her doctorate and its possible consequences have long been debated and speculated: Now, Franziska Giffey (SPD) has drawn the consequences herself – and has resigned as Federal Minister of Family.

Berlin (dpa) – After weeks of discussions about the withdrawal of her PhD, Franziska Giffey (SPD) resigned her position as Federal Minister of Family on Wednesday morning.

As the Department of Family announced, Giffey asked Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) to be fired from her position as Federal Minister of Family, Seniors, Women and Youth at the meeting of the federal cabinet. As a reason she cited the ongoing process at the Freie Universität Berlin to review her PhD and the discussions surrounding her thesis. “In recent days there have been renewed discussions about my 2010 dissertation,” Giffey said Wednesday. The procedure to review your doctorate will be reopened in 2020. She then stated that she would no longer use her title, regardless of the outcome of the proceedings.

Now, the Free University of Berlin has given her until the beginning of June to comment on the ongoing research process she will be taking, Giffey said. After that, the ongoing procedure must be completed.

“Members of the federal government, my party and the public are already entitled to clarity and binding force. I have therefore decided to ask the Chancellor to have the Federal President dismissed from my position as Federal Minister for Family, Seniors, Women and Youth, ”she said.

Despite this decision, she is still steadfast in her statement that she wrote her thesis to the best of her knowledge and belief. “I’m sorry if I made mistakes. If the VU University comes to the conclusion during their third review of my work that they will withdraw my title, I accept this decision. I am drawing all the conclusions from the ongoing and stressful procedure. I keep my word. Her main run for the House of Representatives elections in Berlin will remain unaffected by her decision to step down as Minister of Family, Giffey said.

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