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German science hits jackpot

June 9, 2009

While British science faces tough times, German scientists rejoiced about the passage yesterday of three major spending agreements, totalling €18-billion ($28-billion Cdn). The previously arranged agreements were at risk due to the weak economy and many thought final decisions on the bills might have to wait until after elections in September.

Nature News quotes Matthias Kleiner, president of the DFG – Germany’s largest granting organization: “I am glad and relieved. The Chancellor and the prime ministers have shown courage and far-sightedness. Now we can keep the promises that have been made in recent years to a whole generation of young talent.”

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