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War over Belgian polar station

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Science  21 Aug 2015:
Vol. 349, Issue 6250, pp. 775-776
DOI: 10.1126/science.349.6250.775

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The Belgian government and the International Polar Foundation (IPF) are battling for control of Belgium's €21 million research station in Antarctica, the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica. IPF, which built the station and has managed it since its 2009 inauguration, has been accused of misusing public funds. The government says it will run the station from now on, with the help of the Belgian army. But IPF is fighting back; the foundation says it remains in charge. The fight is creating uncertainty for scientists who are preparing for the 2015 to 2016 Antarctic research season.