Third-party funding. Transparency International Germany is concerned about sponsoring agreements between German universities and the private sector. While state funding of university research has not substantially increased, total sponsor funding has doubled since 1998, and increased from 16% to 26% according to this Spiegel article. Sponsoring agreements are being kept secret, while sponsors can apparently get clauses allowing them e.g. to veto publishing of research results, insert op-ed material about their companies into university media, and nominate members of search committees seeking new faculty.
(DRITT mitt illll.)