News of the WeekGERMAN GENERAL ELECTION

Researchers Wary of Red-Green Coalition

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Science  02 Oct 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5386, pp. 22
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5386.22

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German researchers were both buoyed and apprehensive this week following voters' surprisingly strong rejection of the long-running coalition led by Chancellor Helmut Kohl on 27 September. For the past 16 years, even during the tumultuous days of German reunification, scientists had enjoyed a relatively stable research environment under Kohl's Christian Democrat-led government. But early this week things looked certain to change as Social Democrat leader Gerhard Schröder began to form a new government that seemed likely to include the environmentally minded Green party, which has been critical of nuclear power research and biotechnology.