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GERMANY: University funding fears as states scrap fees
The German university fee system is on the brink of collapse after another state confirmed it would abolish charges for students following a change in local government, writes Alexandra Topping for the Guardian.

The city of Hamburg - a state in its own right - will follow the lead of several other states that have scrapped fees since last month's elections saw Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats ousted by centre-left Social Democrats. A spokesman for the Social Democrats said: "Tuition fees keep young people from low-income families from studying and are socially disruptive."

North Rhine-Westphalia announced it would scrap fees earlier this month, and once Hamburg follows suit only three of Germany's federal states - Baden-Wüttemberg, Bavaria and Lower Saxony - will continue to charge. German universities fear the U-turn over fees will leave them facing dramatic shortfalls in funding.
Full report on the Guardian site
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