Die Freie Universität Berlin (Free University of Berlin) announced on Wednesday that Germany’s Federal Minister of Family Affairs is allowed to keep her doctoral degree.
The validity of Franziska Giffey’s academic title came into question in February of this year, when she was accused of plagiarism by the group, VroniPlag Wiki. At Giffey’s own request, the university began a formal examination of her dissertation.
In their review of her thesis, the university concluded the most problematic part was the chapter where she defined terms but still, it did not constitute stripping Giffey of her degree.
In a post on Facebook, Giffey thanked the committee that reviewed her thesis and said she was continuing her work as the federal minister with great dedication and joy.
The Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection has announced a new Tempo 30 zone in Mitte.
The speed limit on a stretch of Invalidenstraße is now 30 kilometers per hour.
Ab sofort gilt #Tempo30 in der #Invalidenstraße. Dies ist die erste verabredete Maßnahme, um die #Verkehrssicherheit in diesem Bereich zu erhöhen. Auslöser war der Unfall mit Todesfolge durch einen SUV. #VisionZero pic.twitter.com/QySCa7kiJM
— Senatsverwaltung für Umwelt, Verkehr & Klimaschutz (@SenUVKBerlin) October 31, 2019
This comes eight weeks after the fatal SUV accident that left four dead in Mitte. The driver suffered a seizure before accelerating his car to 104 kilometers per hour and driving onto the sidewalk.
Bicycle paths along Invalidenstraße are also part of the Senate’s plan, but that is expected to take much longer.
The German Weather Service says Berlin was the warmest federal state in the month of October.
The average temperature was 11.6 degrees Celsius – two degrees higher than the usual average.
In addition, there was considerably more rain here in Berlin, compared to previous years.
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