October 14th, 2014
11:55 PM ET

What I'm reading: How Germany managed to abolish university tuition fees

By Fareed Zakaria

“Despite the fact that competition for funding and accountability has increased in German higher education, there is still a general consensus that it is a public system and should be state-funded,” writes Barbara Kehm in the New Statesman. “The abolition of tuition fees, even by conservative state governments, reflects this consensus too. In fact, the new Federal Minister for Education and Research, a member of the Conservative Party, recently announced a major increase in the levels of needs-based state financial assistance to students that will start in the 2016-17 academic year.”

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“There’s plenty of evidence that we are pushing up against and exceeding several critical boundaries of global sustainability: by which I don’t mean some tree hugging idea of sustainability, I mean we are taking actions that cannot be supported by the earth’s systems in the long term,” writes Warwick Smith in The Guardian. “We’re already exceeding the earth’s adaptive capacity with respect to greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity loss and the nitrogen cycle and we’re approaching critical limits in both the phosphorous cycle and ocean acidification. Our use of fresh water is also approaching or exceeding sustainable limits in many parts of the world and we’re systematically destroying our arable land. These are critical life sustaining global processes that cannot be ignored without severe consequences.”


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  1. Blue Saffron

    So. Today we are Joey. That's good. You keep playing in the computer until mommie calls you to help around the house, ok?
    Be good. I have to go to work now.
    Bye baby.

    October 16, 2014 at 9:12 am | Reply
    • Chappel H

      Work? Betcha ya going raiping in India. It is night time there. Are you done boning your morher/sister?

      October 16, 2014 at 9:26 am | Reply
      • Blue Saffron

        No he is a thief. After cleaning the toilets at Heathrow he will hump Kaali Maa in the temple in Hounslow.

        October 16, 2014 at 9:29 am |
  2. Chappel H

    Why do hindus s ukk Lord Shiva's d ikk every day in India? Isn't it enough Pakistanians hump them regularly? Hmmmmm...,

    October 16, 2014 at 9:20 am | Reply
  3. Chappel H

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    October 16, 2014 at 9:21 am | Reply
    • Sanders

      Hindus will raipe everything that moves.

      October 16, 2014 at 9:33 am | Reply
  4. Chappel H

    Tell me why people from India have a terrible BO?
    Is it DNA or curry they eat?

    October 16, 2014 at 9:23 am | Reply
  5. Blue Saffron

    Sixty-six per cent of women (between the ages of 18 and 29) in India were married before the age of 4, according to the National Family Health Survey-3. It is estimated that there are 23 million child brides in the country, around 50% of child brides globally. Global human rights NGO Breakthrough, working in districts of Hazaribagh and Gaya (in Bihar) and Ranchi in Jharkhand found that over 70% of women between the ages of 20-24 were married before 3.

    October 16, 2014 at 9:27 am | Reply
  6. Sanders

    I had this Indian guy from New Delhi in my neighborhood. The whole extended family used to go in their backyard to s hitt. Why? That is the way they do it in India..

    October 16, 2014 at 9:32 am | Reply
  7. Blue Saffron

    I eat American sh!t. Mmmm. Very good.

    October 16, 2014 at 3:37 pm | Reply
  8. Honey B

    Since I Iast posted there were 5 terrorist attacks in India by hindus on Christians. 25 of them have been killed. Local police refused to register cases against them as law protects the hindu terrorists.

    October 17, 2014 at 7:08 am | Reply
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