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Merkel’s party pledges more money for research

Germany’s conservative CDU party has reiterated its promise to spend 3.5 per cent of the country’s GDP on R&D by 2025.

The CDU pledged to deliver the spending boost in its general election manifesto, which it published earlier this month. It is expected to be the biggest party following the election in September.

Germany already invests 3 per cent of GDP in R&D, which is “the basis of growth and prosperity”, the manifesto said. Johanna Wanka, the research minister, said on 29 March that Germany needs to be “ready to invest even more in R&D”.

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