Germany's education minister has fallen from political grace, as officials with her former Duesseldorf University have found her guilty of plagiarism and stripped away her doctorate degree.
Annette Schavan — a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats and a reported close ally — is vowing to fight the finding, according to a report from Agence France-Presse.
"I will not accept the decision," she said, in the AFP report, "and will file a lawsuit against it."
The plagiarism charges focused on Ms. Schavan's thesis, titled "Person and Conscience," written 33 years ago. Her political opponents are now calling for her resignation.
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