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A report from the European University Association argues that long-term science funding cuts and an "evolving geographical divide" in investment in higher education are hurting the region's global competitiveness, University World News reports.

Between 2008 and 2014, a dozen European nations — including the UK, Spain, and Greece — cut their science funding by more than 5 percent, after taking inflation into account, the report says. In some instances, UWN adds, the cuts exceeded 40 percent.

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