Allegations of plagiarism led to the Berlin university reviewing Giffey’s 2010 dissertation on the policy of the European Union’s executive body, the European Commission. Giffey said in 2019 that she would resign from the government if her Ph.D. was revoked. The university initially decided to issue a reprimand, but not to revoke her title.
In November, the university said it would reconsider the decision after an expert’s report raised questions about whether it was entitled only to issue a reprimand. Giffey said then she would stop using the academic title “doctor.”
“I still stand by my statement that I wrote the work I submitted in 2009 to the best of my ability,” Giffey said Thursday. She added that mistakes she made weren't intentional or planned, but she accepts the university's decision, news agency dpa reported.