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Steering in the fog

Since the publication of the Van Rijn Commission’s report, Dutch research minister Ingrid van Engelshoven has been trying to please everyone. But that may not be possible, says Erik te Roller.

As a science minister, you sometimes cannot win. Ingrid van Engelshoven, who is responsible for Dutch research and higher education, is just finding this out.

She represents the liberal Democrats 66 party in the third Rutte cabinet, a coalition of conservative and liberal parties. Thanks to her party, which attaches great significance to education and research, the government has decided to increase spending on basic and applied research by €400 million a year—in stages.

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