Economic growth has stalled in Finland, and unemployment is at 9%. Early this year, the government began a test of the universal basic income. 2000 randomly selected people on jobless benefits will receive €560 a month for two years.
A group of 2,000 unemployed people in Finland will receive a basic income every month from the state, tax-free and with no strings attached. Proponents hope to prove such schemes boost people's motivation to find work.
The Canadian province of Ontario plans to give up to 4,000 low-income households a guaranteed basic income for three years. Finland recently began its own basic income experiment, reports Jillian Kestler-D'Amours.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has promised tax cuts and a dramatic reduction in unemployment as her re-election campaign finally got into gear. Her SPD opponent Martin Schulz called the manifesto faint-hearted.
A member of Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union wants parents in Germany to receive a basic income regardless of their means. But this shouldn't be confused with universal basic income, she said.
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