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 Social Democrats will suggest more state support for jobless people in their party platform. SPD members hope that a return to traditional left-wing issues will pay off at the polls.
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.
Angela Merkel's cabinet has rubberstamped a new welfare plan that will make it harder for EU migrants to claim unemployment benefits in Germany. Opposition parties call it a betrayal of the European Union's ideals.
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