| 23 May 2024, Thursday |

‘Over 90% copied’: Luxembourg Prime Minister Bettel accused of massive plagiarism

Luxembourg’s prime minister, Xavier Bettel, said his university thesis “could have been done differently,” after a media inquiry found just two of the work’s 56 pages were not plagiarised.
Bettel had grabbed three-quarters of the work, according to, which described it as “an astonishing mishmash of copied sections that does not match the conventional norms of academics.”
Bettel, 48, who has been Prime Minister since 2013, claimed the thesis was prepared with a clean conscience and was more than 20 years old.
But, he continued, “from today’s perspective, it might have – and perhaps should have – been done differently.”
Bettel authored the article for his Diplôme d’études approfondies, a masters-level research degree, at the University of Nancy-II in eastern France, while he was in his mid-20s (now known as the University of Lorraine).
According to the analysis, the pages that were free of plagiarism had a quick introduction and a similarly brief end.
Theis, titled Toward a Possible Reform of Voting Systems in the European Parliament, according to, featured extensive chunks of content that were taken unattributed from two books, four websites, and a newspaper article