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As the clock ticks down on Brexit, the only thing that is certain is uncertainty

Throughout Research Europe’s publishing history, some themes have repeated at regular intervals. The balance between basic and applied research has preoccupied our readers since our first edition in November 1996. Funding inequality between eastern and western Europe is another regular topic, as are open access and the shifting priorities of the EU’s Framework programmes.

Recent history shows the truth of the maxim that the more things change, the more they stay the same. The creation of Horizon Europe, the successor to Horizon 2020, is delayed amid political wrangling, just as Horizon 2020 itself was delayed over budget squabbles. Academics accuse industry of hogging funding, while companies complain that researchers will not share results and intellectual property. The European patent is “coming soon”, just like it has been for the past decade.

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