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2012-12-11

Deputy PM under attack: plagiarism is back

Another senior governing party politician is embroiled in a plagiarism scandal, and the details of the affair look very similar to the imbroglio that ultimately brought down former President Pál Schmitt.
Deputy PM under attack: plagiarism is back

Another senior governing party politician is embroiled in a plagiarism scandal, and the details of the affair look very similar to the imbroglio that ultimately brought down former President Pál Schmitt. The newspaper that first aired the evidence is again the weekly HVG, and the government’s reaction is the same: it completely rejects and ridicules the charges. Like last time, the first accusations were followed by an initial attempt on the part of the university to make the whole issue go away, and then an investigation establishing that plagiarism had indeed occurred. This is where the similarities will probably end, however: if Semjén gets to retain his academic titles, which appears likely at this point, he most likely won’t have to resign.

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