HRK Hochschulrektorenkonferenz Die Stimme der Hochschulen

Touchstones for the European elections

Answers of the German parties to the questions of the HRK prior to the European elections

In Germany, the CDU, CSU, SPD, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen, FDP, Die Linke and the AfD were questioned. The English translation is provided by the HRK. Only the original German statements give the official view of the parties.
Available answers of the French parties are published by the CPU.
The answers of the Polish parties are published by the CRASP.

1) Proportion of the EU budget for research and innovation
In December 2012, the European Parliament called for a budget of 100 billion euros for the The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. Given the upcoming revision of the medium-term financial framework, are you still committed to the goal of securing a research budget of 100 billion euros to ensure that Europe remains competitive? How do you intend to achieve this goal?

Response of the Alternative for Germany (AfD)
Response of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen (The Greens)
(Member of the European Greens)
Response of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU)
(Member of European People's Party)
Response of the Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU)
(Member of European People's Party)
Response of the Free Democratic Party (FDP)
(Member of Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe)
Response of Die Linke (The Left)
(Member of the European Left)
Response of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD)
(Member of the European Socialists)

2) Recognise expenditure on education and research as investment
Expenditure on education and research is an investment in the future of Europe. In our opinion, no cuts should be made in this area during the crisis in Europe to reduce the national deficits of the European member states. Do you support the position of the three Rectors' Conferences and recognise that expenditure on research and education is an investment? Should a mandatory minimum quota be introduced for investment in research, education and innovation to supplement the specified upper limit of national debt at 3% of GDP in order to ensure the future competitiveness and sustainability of Europe, even at times of crisis?

Response of the Alternative for Germany (AfD)
Response of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen (The Greens)
Response of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU)
Response of the Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU)
Response of the Free Democratic Party (FDP)
Response of Die Linke (The Left)
Response of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD)

3) Role of universities as drivers of innovation
Universities are at the heart of the triangle formed by research, teaching and innovation – but the Commission perceives universities only as education institutions. How could universities – taking into account this role in society – in future be better represented in the political and organisational structures of the Commission?

Response of the Alternative for Germany (AfD)
Response of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen (The Greens)
Response of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU)
Response of the Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU)
Response of the Free Democratic Party (FDP)
Response of Die Linke (The Left)
Response of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD)

4) Structure of the European Research Area
The European Council is calling for the "achievement" of the European Research Area (ERA). How do you define the European Research Area and how should the process leading to its achievement proceed after the elections to the European Parliament?

Response of the Alternative for Germany (AfD)
Response of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen (The Greens)
Response of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU)
Response of the Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU)
Response of the Free Democratic Party (FDP)
Response of Die Linke (The Left)
Response of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD)

5) Minimum standards of higher education autonomy
Should the universities enjoy a minimum level of autonomy in the European Higher Education Area and European Research Area and what might this minimum level look like?

Response of the Alternative for Germany (AfD)
Response of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen (The Greens)
Response of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU)
Response of the Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU)
Response of the Free Democratic Party (FDP)
Response of Die Linke (The Left)
Response of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD)

6) Mobility in the European Higher Education Area and encouraging a spirit of community in Europe
The structures for the European Higher Education Area are in place, but they still need to be refined. What can be done to facilitate even greater mobility of students and graduates within Europe? How can Europe help universities to continue to foster a spirit of community and European citizenship in the younger generation, particularly in times of crisis such as we are currently experiencing?

Response of the Alternative for Germany (AfD)
Response of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen (The Greens)
Response of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU)
Response of the Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU)
Response of the Free Democratic Party (FDP)
Response of Die Linke (The Left)
Response of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD)

7) Collaborating on education with non-European countries
The EU has repeatedly emphasised the need to intensify collaboration with universities in third countries. However, the funding provided for this purpose in Erasmus+ is very limited. What should Europe do in future to make European universities more attractive throughout the world (for students, universities and companies) and to further develop collaborative partnerships with non-European countries?

Response of the Alternative for Germany (AfD)
Response of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen (The Greens)
Response of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU)
Response of the Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU)
Response of the Free Democratic Party (FDP)
Response of Die Linke (The Left)
Response of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD)