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Germany’s research budget tops Merkel’s four-year target

Germany’s public research and higher education budget will increase by 6.2 per cent to €13.7 billion in 2013, according to the government’s budget plan for next year.

The proposed increase exceeds the Merkel government’s goal of boosting research and higher education funding by €12bn during its legislative period 2010 to 2013 by more than 10 per cent. Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has a physics PhD, has continuously pushed for higher research spending in the country, saying that Germany’s economy depends on the development of competitive technologies and services.

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