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Greece raids research funds to pay salaries

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Science  01 May 2015:
Vol. 348, Issue 6234, pp. 489
DOI: 10.1126/science.348.6234.489

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Greece's ongoing economic crisis and political shifts are taking a new toll on the country's researchers, already reeling from cuts in salaries and research spending. Now, the government plans to confiscate research funding to plug a hole in the country's ever worsening finances. As Science went to press, it remained unclear exactly how much money would be targeted and when it would be taken, but researchers expect the government to grab funds set aside to pay for research overheads. And the left-wing government, in power since January, is pushing through a reform of higher education that scientists say will make universities more politicized and less meritocratic.

  • * Edwin Cartlidge is a science writer in Rome.