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Science ministry told to save €200m in 2024


German science spending to be cut, but unclear how and where

The science ministry has been asked by the central German government to find at least €200 million in savings from its 2024 budget. The cuts are part of an ongoing government effort to reduce the federal spending burden.

The 2024 science budget will now maintain the 2023 level of approximately €21.4 billion, the ministry said in a statement. This is lower than expected because in 2019—during Angela Merkel’s tenure as chancellor—the government promised that German research would benefit from a decade of budget increases, estimated to be worth an extra €17bn in total. 

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