German Fascination With Degrees Claims Latest Victim: Education Minister

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Education Minister Annette Schavan, left, with Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday.

By and CHRIS COTTRELL
Published: February 9, 2013

BERLIN — For 32 years, the German education minister’s 351-page dissertation sat on a shelf at Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf gathering dust while its author pursued a successful political career that carried her to the highest circles of the German government.

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