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Less Money, But Much Needed Reform

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Science  19 Jul 1996:
Vol. 273, Issue 5273, pp. 305
DOI: 10.1126/science.273.5273.305a


Heidelberg—Jürgen Rüttgers, Germany's minister for science and education, had good and bad news for the country's scientists last week. After weeks of speculation, while the federal government hammered out massive budget cuts for 1997, his ministry emerged with $10 billion—2.5% less than last year, the second straight year of cuts. The most conspicuous victim appears to be the German Space Agency, DARA, which will be disbanded and some of its functions taken over by the Aerospace Research Establishment. But Rüttgers added a positive spin with a set of proposals to bring much-needed reform to many of Germany's nonuniversity research centers: more autonomy, less red tape, and more competition in funding.