Norbert Lammert is a German politician of the Christian Democratic Union . He has been the President of the Bundestag, the lower house of the German parliament, since 2005.Early lifeLammert attended gymnasium in Bochum where he studied classics. He obtained his abitur in 1967. He carried out military service in the Bundeswehr from 1967 to 1969. Following his military service he went on to the University of Bochum, which included a period abroad at the University of Oxford, where he studied political science and modern history. He went on and obtained his Ph.D. (Dr. rer. soc.) from the University of Bochum in 1975.Plagiarism affairIn July 2013, an anonymous internet blogger, using the name of Robert Schmidt, accused him of having plagiarized other works when writing his dissertation. Lammert rejected this reproach and asked the University of Bochum to check his dissertation; he also published it via internet. High-ranking politicians of SPD and 'Die Grünen' underlined that there should be no condemnation(s) in advance.