Shortly after his appointment, accusations of plagiarism against the new CSU general secretary, Martin Huber, were raised.

According to a report in "Bild am Sonntag", the expert Jochen Zenthöfer encountered numerous plagiarisms in Huber's dissertation.

On the first 26 pages alone (“The influence of the CSU on West German policy from 1954 to 1969 with regard to relations with France and the USA”) from 2008 there are a total of 25 quotations with no or incorrect source information.

"Mr. Huber should not have received his doctorate with this work," said Zenthöfer of the "BamS".

There are "blatant violations of good scientific practice".

The FDP parliamentary group leader in the Bavarian state parliament, Martin Hagen, asked Huber not to use his doctorate for the time being.

Huber himself told the "BamS" that he had written his doctoral thesis "to the best of my knowledge and belief".

Nevertheless, "for reasons of transparency", he asked the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich to check the work again.

Huber succeeded Stephan Mayer as CSU general secretary on Friday.

He had previously officially resigned after only a few weeks in office for "health reasons".

This was preceded by an apparently escalated dispute about Mayer's private life, in which he is said to have threatened a journalist.