The German Defense Minister, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, is in deep trouble for having plagiarized his dissertation. The funny thing is that his PhD is, well, unnecessary because he previously had the reputation for being one of the more dynamic and charismatic German politicians. Now, his extraneous PhD may bring him down since he cut and pasted his way, apparently. While he has not been perfect, I am sorry to see this happen as he had the guts to be more honest with the German people than any other politician on Afghanistan. That it is not just a crisis scenario but a real war. However, zu G may have blown his honesty resources on the nature of the war in Afghanistan and not have much left over for some incidents that occurred there and elsewhere or on his dissertation. Indeed, the key thing about plagiarism here is that it indicates a character flaw that may have also appeared elsewhere.
We shall see if he lasts through this storm. I doubt it because he had ruffled feathers by being more straightforward on some issues and much less so on others. Accountability is a funky thing--people expect consistency.