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.”


“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. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

    This just in:

    Now I hear Godess Durga Maa is pregnant also. She was raiped by none other than Lord Rama. However, he has pleaded he is a juvenile. LOL !. India's Supreme Court is taking up the matter. Lord Vishnu has requested the trial be moved to Pakistan to get a fair trial.

    October 15, 2014 at 10:06 am | Reply
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

    Hindus indulge in i ncest in India and wherever they run away to cleaning toilets overseas.

    F ukking your mother and sister is mandated by their holy books such as Gita Bhagavad and Ramayana. That is why a lot of hippies go there for free s ex.

    October 15, 2014 at 10:09 am | Reply
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

    Modi from India goes to the doctor and says, "I feel terrible."

    Doctor says, "go home, get a bucket, p iss and s hit in it for a week. Throw in dead rats and rotting fish. Put a towel over your head and sniff the fumes for three days."

    Week later Modi goes back and says, "Doc, I feel wonderful, what was the problem?"

    Doctor, "you were homesick!"

    October 15, 2014 at 10:10 am | Reply
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

    Apparently, Modi has been assassinated and his balls cut off and on display in the Golden Temple in Amritsar on top of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.

    His head has been beheaded and sent to Talibans while his body was hung by Shiv Sena from the Vashi Bridge in Bombay.

    Modi dey tuttay kuttay

    October 15, 2014 at 10:11 am | Reply
  5. Americana

    Hey @Joey

    Speaking of India:::: did ya know..

    Just under 140 households, or roughly 75 % of India’s population ... A billion people with BO .... live in a slum, according to data from the latest round of the National Sample Survey Organisation released on Tuesday. The number is significantly higher than the 120 million slum households identified by the Census in 2011.

    October 15, 2014 at 10:14 am | Reply
  6. Americana

    How do you stop a hinddoou from drowning?

    Take your foot off the back of his head.

    October 15, 2014 at 10:30 am | Reply
  7. palintwit

    Here are the top five American universities in the order of their ranking :

    1. Stanford
    2. Sarah Palin University
    3. Princeton
    4. M.I.T.
    5. Yale

    I know. I'm scratching my head, too. How did Yale make that list ?

    October 15, 2014 at 10:47 am | Reply
  8. Americana

    AL SHARPTON: So Mr. Modi, our US Presidents Bush went to Yale and Obama to Harvard and Mr. Nawaz Sharif your neighboring PM went to Columbia......what about you?

    MODI: Well, Babu Ji I went to Delhi Rail Station Chai School of making tea and am expert in mass murdering people.

    October 15, 2014 at 10:55 am | Reply
    • Crockett

      These people from India are medieval. They beat up their women. Treat them like trash.

      October 15, 2014 at 11:22 am | Reply
      • Academia

        Hindu upbringing.

        October 15, 2014 at 1:27 pm |
  9. chri§§y

    Well said @ Average Citizen! He really has the brain of a rodent!

    October 15, 2014 at 11:03 am | Reply
  10. Crockett

    Hindus are busy f ukking their mothers in India. No need for universities.

    October 15, 2014 at 11:21 am | Reply
  11. palintwit

    Every year astronomers and scientists from around the world travel to Alaska to study the meteor showers. Sarah Palin attends as well and is easy to spot because she is the only one with an umbrella.

    October 15, 2014 at 11:47 am | Reply
  12. Academia

    What is the point of having these universities when they produce plagiarists like Fareed. Wait... He was educated in India.

    October 15, 2014 at 1:15 pm | Reply
  13. Blue Saffron

    I just farted. Yuk!
    Big wet fart.

    October 15, 2014 at 1:19 pm | Reply
    • bristoltwitpalin... America's favorite dancing cow

      Mmmmmmmm... wet fart

      October 15, 2014 at 1:27 pm | Reply
    • Academia

      Don't ask me why
      But we defecate under open sky
      And use it to make a huge big pie
      A mile high
      And eat it without a sigh
      Oh my oh my
      We are hindoos hai hai

      October 15, 2014 at 1:40 pm | Reply
  14. Academia

    In the schools in India the following is chanted everyday.


    To the toilet we will go
    To the toilet we will go
    We will pull up our dhotis
    And defecate on the ground
    Then we will be homeward bound
    Safe and sound no rayping around

    October 15, 2014 at 1:37 pm | Reply
  15. Academia

    In the colleges in India the following bhajan is chanted:

    A s hitting we will go
    A s hitting we will go
    We will clear sand on the ground
    And take a pound
    And soon be homeward bound
    After making s hit on a mound
    We are hindoos s hitting on the ground

    October 15, 2014 at 1:39 pm | Reply
  16. Blue Saffron

    My wet fart tastes like Modi's under ware.
    Oops. Fart # 2.
    It's a real stinker.

    October 15, 2014 at 1:44 pm | Reply
    • White Saffron

      You f ukky f ukky raipy your hindoo daagther?

      October 15, 2014 at 1:50 pm | Reply
  17. Chinacana

    Shanghai University Curriculum:


    111,383 killed
    11,047 wounded
    11,696 missing
    123,968 captured
    131,544 ran away to Bhutan and still are hiding scared from Chinese.

    October 15, 2014 at 1:44 pm | Reply
    • White Saffron

      Hindus are busy scratching their balls and picking their nose while Chinese conquer their territories. Scratching their balls is second nature to Indian Hindus. They do it while bobbling their head side to side. They feel empowered during the scratching process and is akin to a dog taking a p iss against a lamp post

      October 15, 2014 at 1:51 pm | Reply
  18. Chinacana

    Politics 101

    Hindu – Cheenee bhai bhai

    China’s generals believe in hitting as fast and as hard as possible, a style of warfare they demonstrated in their 1987 blitzkrieg against India. The aim is to wage “battles with swift outcome” (su jue zhan). This laser focus has been a hallmark of the war with India in 1962 and 1987 during which they annihilated Indian Army and destroyed it and captured 10% of India up north in Aksai Chin region.

    October 15, 2014 at 1:47 pm | Reply
  19. White Saffron

    Hindus f ukky f ukky their mothers per India's ritual.

    October 15, 2014 at 1:49 pm | Reply
  20. adamestunanus

    Taire, déjà.

    October 15, 2014 at 3:35 pm | Reply
  21. adamestunanus

    Håll käften om dumma saker redan.

    October 15, 2014 at 3:40 pm | Reply
  22. adamestunanus

    Obsesia ta este plictisitor.

    October 15, 2014 at 3:42 pm | Reply
  23. adamestunanus

    Eich bod yn rhy ddiflas.

    October 15, 2014 at 3:44 pm | Reply
  24. White Saffron

    I eat green doggie poop with ketshup.

    October 15, 2014 at 3:45 pm | Reply
  25. adamestunanus

    Bēkāra ādamī.

    October 15, 2014 at 3:46 pm | Reply
  26. Smelly Karma

    Whst a stupid topic to write on. Come on Fareed, just steal some ideas from other journalists. That is what immgrants from India do.

    October 15, 2014 at 9:40 pm | Reply
  27. Smelly Karma

    This is peak raipe season in India. Has to do with typhoon season.

    October 15, 2014 at 9:42 pm | Reply
  28. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

    We can't afford to support, sustain and feed huge countries like India anymore. They can't produce enough of anything to stand on their feet. Populace humor themselves by sporting in raiping/metal rodding. Fork the pig. Nip off their tubes so they stop producing like rats.

    October 15, 2014 at 10:00 pm | Reply
  29. Blue Saffron

    You nailed it @Smelly Karma. I would take all the old tires from the landfill, slide them around the necks of them immigrant hindoos from India, spray some shark chum and throw them into the Atlantic. And wish them namastey.

    October 15, 2014 at 10:08 pm | Reply
  30. Lester

    The conservatives in this country would collectively lose their minds at the thought of state-funded universities that abolished tuitions.

    October 15, 2014 at 10:19 pm | Reply
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