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Coalition deal keeps science minister in place

Johanna Wanka, a mathematics researcher, has been reconfirmed as Germany's federal science minister.

Wanka has retained the role as part of the coalition deal signed by the conservative CDU party and social democrat SPD party on 16 December. She had been serving as interim science minister after Annette Schavan stepped down in February because of still-unconfirmed plagiarism allegations.

Wanka is a CDU minister and served as science minister in Lower Saxony between 2010 and 2013. Her reappointment was welcomed by science organisations, who said her experience as a research assistant—in the whole cabinet, she is the minister with the most work experience outside politics—would help her understand the realities of daily life for researchers in Germany.

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