Breaks in particle accelerator

Published: Monday 31 October 1994

-- European Laboratory for Particle Physics sees little chance of an agreement g hammered out soon for the financing of Europe's next generation particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHCJ (Down to Earth, September 30, 1994). CERN's 2 host countries, France and Switzerland, continue to stonewall efforts by Germany and the UK to get them to pay 10 per cent of the projected $2.02 billion cost of the LHC project, in addition to the normal CERN contributions.

Germany's hardline position has proved a major stumbling block to a compromise. The country believes that as France and Switzerland reap greater shares of the benefits of CERN than other member states, they should obviously pay more.

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