Ask any German researcher why the country’s science base is blooming, and they are bound to mention Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The world’s most powerful woman, they say, has not forgotten her roots as an East German physicist.

Rab 1aDuring a decade of global financial turbulence, her government has increased annual science budgets in a stable, predictable, quintessentially German way.

It has spurred competition among universities and improved collaboration with the country’s unique