University of Kassel: No evidence of plagiarism in Bollinger's doctoral thesis

Mainz / Kassel (dpa) – According to the University of Kassel, the Rhineland-Palatinate AfD boss Jan Bollinger did not copy parts of his doctoral thesis. The university thus cleared the suspicion that the state party chairman had acquired his doctorate in economics dishonestly. Corresponding allegations by a plagiarism hunter appeared in the media over the course of this year.

The University of Kassel informed the German Press Agency on Thursday that the doctoral committee of its department of economics had carried out an “event-related preliminary examination” in coordination with the university’s own commission to ensure good scientific practice. “As a result, the committee did not find any positions that were classified as plagiarism and that confirm the allegation made. No formal proceedings will therefore be opened,” it said.

Bollinger told the dpa: “I considered the allegations to be unfounded from the start and now I feel confirmed.” The AfD head of state, who lives in Neuwied, added: “This year I went through my work again with plagiarism software and didn’t find anything serious.” He worked for more than three years on his dissertation, which was graded “cum laude”.

Bollinger (45), who is also the deputy leader of the Mainz state parliament , completed his doctorate a good ten years ago at the University of Kassel. The topic of his published dissertation is: “Transformational leadership as a success factor in interim management – how managers can motivate and develop their employees, manage corporate crises and implement organizational changes.”

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