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Research Cuts Will Cause ‘Exodus’ From Spain

Science  13 Apr 2012:
Vol. 336, Issue 6078, pp. 139-140
DOI: 10.1126/science.336.6078.139

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Last week's announcement that the long-delayed 2012 national budget would slash funding for science by more than 25% surpassed the worst predictions of Spanish scientists. According to the Confederation of Spanish Scientific Societies's (COSCE's) analysis of the budget, the cut is "the most drastic cut known" since national research programs were put in place in the late 1980s. COSCE is also concerned because in recent years the government has not even paid the full amount allocated in the science budget.