German Federal Elections: Wahlprüfsteine to help you decide who to vote for

Dear Doctoral Candidates,

on September 26, the federal elections will take place in Germany. We highly encourage you to cast your vote! We have joined forces with other networks to ask the political parties currently represented in the Bundestag about their plans for the post-election regarding to science and academica, including the working conditions of doctoral researcher among other topics. The results might help you to decide who to vote for.

You can find the report below. The report is only available in German, because it is about the German election. The report consists of an introduction note, summary tables, a short text with our overall impression and an appendix with the verbatim answers of the parties. Our joint effort has received complete sets of answers from the parties CDU/CSU, FDP, Bündnis90/Die Grünen and Die Linke. The SPD has answered to one of the blocks of questions only, while the AfD has not sent any answers. To get this project done, we have joined forces with the doctoral representatives from
–         the N² network (Helmholtz Association, Max Planck Society, and IPP Mayence besides us),
–         the Technical University of Munich (TUM),
–         Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU),
–         THESIS e.V.,
–         the Doctoral Covenant of Baden-Württemberg,
–         the Technical University of Brunswik,
–         ProRat Leipzig,
–         and the University of Jena.

We hope you find the report informative and will be a useful help for your election decision.

Your Doctoral Candidates’ Representatives