Germany's new government makes big promises

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Science  09 Mar 2018:
Vol. 359, Issue 6380, pp. 1081
DOI: 10.1126/science.359.6380.1081

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Nearly 6 months after it held federal elections, Germany finally has a new government—and some welcome news for scientists. The new coalition, the fourth led by Chancellor Angela Merkel, has pledged to boost overall R&D spending from 2.9% to 3.5% of the country's gross domestic product by 2025. That would make Germany a world leader in research spending, behind only South Korea and Israel. But whether the government can deliver remains to be seen; it's not clear where the additional billions would come from. Meanwhile, researchers are wondering what to expect from the new research and education minister, Anja Karliczek, who trained as a banker and spent 2 decades running her family's hotel. And some chafe at the new government's stances on agricultural technology and climate.