The German students are protesting for a number of different reasons. Part of the reason for their unhappiness has to do with a big change that has just begun to take place at the German universities. As a part of the so-called Bologna-process where the European Union countries decided to streamline their degree offerings, the German Universities have changed the types of degrees that students can obtain. It used to be that you did not get a “Bachelors degree” from a German University. The first academic degree that anyone could get was either a “Magister” –which was the equivalent of an M.A. or a “Diplom” for more technical subjects. One could also get a teaching degree but that was considered the “same” in terms of time needed as the M.A.