Europe: Dark clouds take hold over science by failing MFF
Last month, the negotiations on the Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF) set the European political agenda. Now, with the corona crisis demanding all the attention, the doomsday scenario of no deal is getting closer and closer. This would also have major consequences for science. Articles by Neth-ER and Science|Business sketch the situation that has arisen and its possible consequences, and weigh the chances that a solution will still be found. They are small: up to now, all parties have mainly been thinking of themselves and hardly seem willing to meet each other. The President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen wrote an opinion paper last week on how she thinks Europe should develop in the coming years. She talks about the need to set up a "Marshall Plan for Europe". At the heart of it should be a strong new EU budget".