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Major concerns raised over new cabinet’s plans for Dutch science

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Incoming coalition government criticised over planned cuts

Some of the Netherlands’ biggest science and research organisations have condemned the incoming Dutch government’s proposed cuts to higher education and research.

“The Netherlands will fall further behind if we implement these cuts in the field of knowledge and innovation,” warned Marcel Levi, chair of the Knowledge Coalition, a partnership between entrepreneurs and scientists, which includes Universities of the Netherlands (UNL), the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and the Dutch Research Council (NWO).

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