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Germany Poised to Elect First Scientist-Chancellor

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Science  02 Sep 2005:
Vol. 309, Issue 5740, pp. 1471
DOI: 10.1126/science.309.5740.1471a

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German opinion polls predict that the country will elect its first chancellor trained in the natural sciences later this month. A victory for the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) on 18 September over the ruling Social Democrats would mean a government led by Angela Merkel, who holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry--a result that could produce significant changes for German scientists.