Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg

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Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg is a German businessman and politician of the Christian Social Union (CSU).


Guttenberg studied law at the University of Bayreuth, where he passed the first legal state examination (said to be the equivalent of a master's degree) in 1999. He also studied political science at the University of Bayreuth, finishing his thesis in 2006.[1]

Political Career

In 2002, Guttenberg was elected to the Bundestag as the representative of Kulmbach. He was reelected in 2005, winning 60.0% of the votes in his constituency. In 2009, he was reelected again with 68.1% of the votes in his district, obtaining the highest percentage of votes of all elected representatives in Germany for that election cycle.[2]

Following the resignation of Michael Glos on 9 February 2009 Guttenberg became Federal Minister of Economics and Technology in the first Merkel cabinet. A change in government following the 2009 Bundestag elections led to Guttenberg becoming Federal Minister of Defence on 28 October 2009 as part of the second Merkel cabinet.[3] In 2011 he resigned from his position as German defence minister following a plagiarism scandal regarding his PhD thesis.[1]




  1. 1.0 1.1 Helen Pidd, 'German defence minister resigns in PhD plagiarism row', The Guardian, 1 March 2011.
  2. 'Guttenberg erzielt bundesweit bestes Wahlergebnis' (in German). DerWesten.de. 28 September 2009.
  3. 'Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg Profile', Center for Strategic and International Studies. Accessed on 3 March 2020.
  4. 'Board and Advisors', Institute for Strategic Dialogue website. Last accessed 5 March 2020.
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  6. 'Experts & Contributors', Octavian Report website. Last accessed 5 March 2020.
  7. 'Digital Agenda: Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg invited by Kroes to promote internet freedom globally', European Commission press release.