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European politicians face deep embarrassment over plagiarism

Romania's Interior Minister Lucian Bode (left) and former minister for research, innovation and digitalisation Florin Roman are among those who face or have faced embarrassment over plagiarism. PHOTOS: GOV.RO, CDEP.RO
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LONDON – As a rule, politicians are forced to resign from office because they are embroiled in scandals about their conduct or their financial arrangements, or occasionally, an unacceptable remark they made or were accidentally overheard making in public.

But in Europe, another spectre is toppling politicians from power: plagiarism, the discovery that they cheated in obtaining the higher university degrees they claim to hold.

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