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[Comment] Offline: Europe—the land of holy miracles

“There is no future here.” With these words, a leading scientist at one of Italy’s foremost research institutions concluded her assessment of her country’s prospects for scientific success. Her list of concerns was long: a growing scientific brain drain; failure to promote young scientists on the basis of merit; widespread nepotism; the indifference of Italy’s school system to science; and the almost complete inattention of government to the value of science as a part of Italian culture (“there are no votes in science”).