Austrian Minister of Work, Family, and Youth, Christine Aschbacher of the conservative ÖVP, announced her resignation on Saturday evening. She is accused of plagiarism in several works she made at the university.
Stefan Weber, a well-known fraud fighter with a blog, had stated that the minister plagiarized, misquoted, and wrote in bad German in her master’s thesis and doctorate.
The 37-year-old Aschbacher denies the fraud charge but says she is stepping down to “protect her family.” She had been a minister for only a year.
Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz, the Aschbacher’s fellow party, said via Twitter that he respected Aschbacher’s decision and thanked her for her work during the pandemic. Monday, he will propose a new minister.
Christine Aschbacher hat mich heute darüber informiert, dass sie ihr Amt als Arbeitsministerin zurücklegt. Diesen Entschluss respektiere ich. Ich danke Christine Aschbacher für ihren Einsatz im letzten, sehr herausfordernden Jahr.
— Sebastian Kurz (@sebastiankurz) January 9, 2021