There are five music colleges in the state of Baden-Württemburg: Freiburg, Trossingen, Stuttgart, Karlsruhe and Mannheim.
It is reported that the schools of Stuttgart, Karlsruhe and Freiburg have secretly clubbed together and recommended to the state government that either Mannheim or Trossingen should close, or that Mannheim becomes Rock and Pop and Trossingen early music.
Many around Europe will not weep at the thought of German culture suffering cuts, albeit small compared to Spain, Portugal and Greece. Most, however, would agree that this looks like bully politics of the worst kind. We cannot see any justification for this muddle-headed piece of academic chicanery. The only basis for a rational decision is need. Are there enough students in waiting to justify keeping the college? Might it not be better to shut down Stuttgart (below), where costs are highest, and disperse its activities among the other four?
This sounds like a repeat of the local fight over radio orchestras, where Stuttgart threw its weight around to save its orch at the expense of Freiburg. Add a dash of academic chicanery and the mix turns truly poisonous.
Your thoughts, as ever, are keenly welcomed. UPDATE: You can sign a petition here.