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Science  23 May 2014:
Vol. 344, Issue 6186, pp. 791-792
DOI: 10.1126/science.344.6186.791

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German science minister Johanna Wanka, a mathematician from the former East Germany, faces a major challenge: She must find a way to bridge the differences between state and federal leaders on how to fund research and education. Discussions on how to spend €9 billion over the next 4 years are dragging on because of deep disagreements over who decides how the money is used. Wanka also wants to push through a constitutional amendment that would allow the federal government to help fund the country's ailing universities. German science leaders say time is running short: Further delays put at risk the recent gains made during years of generous budget increases.